Leeds could turn problem left-back area into a strength by signing Joe Bryan

Leeds United are interested in signing in-demand Bristol City defender Joe Bryan according to the Yorkshire Post.

What’s the story?

The 24-year-old left-back has been at Bristol City since he was a schoolboy, and has gone on to establish himself as one of the key men in Lee Johnson’s team.

The attacking full-back made 43 appearances in the Championship last season, scoring five goals and assisting three, but will be familiar to many as the scorer of the Robins’ first goal against Manchester United in their dramatic Carabao Cup win.

His performances have made him a transfer target for a number of clubs this summer, including Middlesbrough, Burnley, Bournemouth and now Leeds United, who are all looking to sign the player who is valued at £4.5million on Transfermarkt.

Would he fit in at Leeds?

Left-back was certainly a problem area for Leeds last season and it was only youngster Tom Pearce at the close of last season who ever looked comfortable there.

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Bryan would be the perfect man to fill in the left wing-back position if Marcelo Bielsa adopts his preferred 3-3-3-1 formation, as he attacks with pace but can be caught out at the back because of his diminutive stature at 5ft7.

He is very much the modern wing-back, effective as an attacking outlet and dominating the whole left flank.

Leeds would definitely have to fork out quite a bit to bring Joe Bryan to Elland Road, but for one of the finest young left-backs in the league he could turn a problem area for Leeds into a real asset.