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They’ve got a fight on their hands to sign him, but it would be a great one if they can pull it off.
According to Football Insider, Leeds United are set to double their efforts when it comes to scouting young West Bromwich Albion defender Nathan Ferguson.
The 19-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season, and Leeds will face some stiff competition to sign him as Tottenham Hotspur, Atletico Madrid, Juventus & Marseille are all also reportedly showing an interest.
So Leeds might not be the biggest name when it comes to the fight for his services, but how would he fit in if he did come to Elland Road?
The biggest benefit to Leeds signing a defender like Ferguson is the fact that he can play multiple positions across the backline.
Marcelo Bielsa has stated before his preference to carry a small squad, and when you have players that can play multiple positions it takes some of the burden off the numbers you have to carry.
Having played the majority of his youth career as a centre-back, he has switched to a full-back now that he is part of the senior team, sharing time between being a right-back and a left-back, with a preference of playing on the right.
Until they can tie him down to one particular role straight away, there is a way for him to earn his way into the set-up in the meantime, and that’s by taking the reins from Stuart Dallas.
Whilst he might not be as flexible yet, especially when it comes to going forward, he could easily replace Dallas as Leeds’ go-to utility man at either full-back spot.
The Northern Irishman has filled in at both positions when necessary for Leeds over the years, but if they were to bring in Ferguson then it would give him a little bit of breathing space and allow him to focus more on his play as a winger.
Dallas was exceptional at left-back in 2018/19, scoring twice against Derby in one game in the playoffs and that’s a role Ferguson has recently taken off former Arsenal man Kieran Gibbs at West Brom.
However, he started off the campaign by earning the Man of the Match award when playing on the right on his senior debut.
On this evidence, there is a reason to suggest he could take on the mantle from Dallas if he signed.