Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa has another defensive issue to deal with ahead of the trip to Wigan Athletic this weekend and beyond following the news that influential right-back Luke Ayling has been ruled out for two months because of injury.
The Argentine boss does have options that could fill in for the 27-year-old in the form of Stuart Dallas and Jamie Shackleton, the former of whom looks set to get the nod against the Latics.
However, Bielsa has also shown that he isn’t afraid to take some risks at full-back if the Yorkshire outfit are to continue their attacking threat and get results, which showed when he has sometimes put winger Ezgjan Alioski at left-back in the absence of another injured player in Barry Douglas.
Meanwhile, Chelsea starlet Lewis Baker joined the Whites on a season-long loan deal during the summer transfer window and big things were expected of the 23-year-old.
However, the move hasn’t gone to plan so far with Bielsa clearly not fancying him ahead of the likes of Samu Saiz, Mateusz Klich, Adam Forshaw and Kalvin Phillips in the middle of the park, and he has played just 121 minutes of Championship football across eight appearances so far this season.
Given he is technically-gifted, tall and has a good delivery, we at Football FanCast wondered whether he could be a potential right-back option – especially from an attacking sense for the promotion-chasing outfit – over the course of the next couple of months.
We decided to ask Leeds fans to vote on our poll to tell us whether they would like to see Baker given an opportunity at right-back in Ayling’s absence, and a majority 63% said they would as you can see from the results below.