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Last week TeamTalk reported that the Spaniard was being tracked by three Championship clubs – Fulham, Leeds and Stoke, but it seems as if that list of three can be cut to two as Phil Hay stated that United aren’t actually interested in the former Liverpool man.
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“I’m told that Ayala is not someone they’re looking to sign. He’s out of contract at Middlesbrough at the end of the season, but it doesn’t feel like a CB would be a priority in any case.” Hay said in his Q&A session with The Athletic.
While missing out on Ayala may not be the end of the world, another part of Hay’s update should be concerning for some United supporters, and perhaps Leeds need to rethink their stance.
The fact that Hay says that a centre-back wouldn’t be a priority in January is rather concerning.
Saying that about a team that has conceded just nine goals in 16 games may sound rather silly, but it’s not the quality at the back that’s the issue.
Leeds could do with an extra body at the back just in case they’re left short due to injuries and suspension, and with that eventuality seeming rather likely, the Yorkshire club may want to reconsider their stance on signing a defender in January.
After all, those in the youth team showed they aren’t exactly capable after being drubbed 7-1 by Derby last week. Leeds need to think again if they assume they can get through the campaign without adding a further central defender.