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Leeds need a right-back more than anything else

Deadline day may have come and gone last Monday, but we still have a few days of the domestic transfer window to go.

Leeds don’t seem all that likely to do any business, but if they are to get someone in, it looks as though it will be a midfielder.

Todd Cantwell remains the only real concrete link, while it’s clear that it’s a position that the club want to bolster after their failed pursuit of Michael Cuisance.

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However, we can’t help but feel that Leeds are looking to strengthen the wrong area.

Yes, there is room for improvement in the midfield, but the depth there is fine, with Mateusz Klich, Adam Forshaw and Jamie Shackleton all having plenty of experience in playing that role under Bielsa.

However, when you look across to right-back, there is the potential for a dangerous situation.

Now, nobody can argue that Luke Ayling has done anything but a stellar job in that spot so far this season, because he’s been fantastic, earning an average WhoScored rating of 7.21, but if he gets injured or suspended, things start to look troublesome.

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Leeds no longer have the safety net option of Gaetano Berardi who could slot in comfortably at right-back, so if Ayling was to go down with a problem, their options would be to play Shackleton out of position, in a role he’s only played 13 times at Championship level, or to call upon Cody Drameh, a man with no first-team experience.

If Leeds are looking to strengthen their squad before the domestic deadline, then the first port of call should be at right-back as there is seemingly a disaster waiting to happen in that spot if Ayling finds himself unavailable for selection.

Victor Orta needs to get into gear and find the club an adequate back-up in that position, even if it’s just on loan until January where he can start to look abroad again.

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