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Leeds could have their new Ben White in Chelsea’s Fikayo Tomori

When it comes to Marcelo Bielsa’s reign at Leeds, there have never been too many question marks.

One concern, however, has surrounded the defence. Although Leeds had the best backline in the Championship last season they had problems when it came to clearing set plays and high crosses.

In 2020/21 it’s the defence who are once again a cause for anxiety. They shipped seven goals in their opening two games of the term and Leeds have now conceded 24 times in the Premier League – the second highest in the division.

The fact that Diego Llorente and Robin Koch are both out injured is unlikely to help their cause either.

However, Victor Orta and Bielsa are fortunate the transfer window is just around the corner. One man to be linked with the club in order to fill the defensive void is Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori.

According to Football Insider, Leeds are keeping tabs on the centre-back with a view to making a temporary switch for him in January.

It wasn’t too long ago that Tomori was starting on a regular basis in the Premier League for the Blues and his game has matured immensely under the stewardship of Frank Lampard.

Who is the better defender?

Ben White

Ben White

Fikayo Tomori

Fikayo Tomori

Their relationship began in the 2018/19 season when the young defender spent the campaign on loan at Derby. While he was there he helped dominate Pablo Hernandez. The Rams may have lost 2-0 to Leeds at the turn of the year but Tomori was still a rock for Derby, winning three tackles and three aerial duels.

In the process, he prevented the effervescent Pablo Hernandez from having an impact. The Spaniard only managed one dribble and engineered two shots that were off target. It’s not often that Hernandez draws a blank but he did so against Tomori on that occasion and in the play-off semi-finals too.

What’s so good about the youngster is that he’s a modern-day centre-back, playing a brand of football that Bielsa loves.

In fact, he plays a lot like former loanee Ben White, another young Englishman tipped for a bright future.

Speaking about the Chelsea defender last season after they beat Lille, Rio Ferdinand said on BT Sport: “Huge talent. That was the best defender on the pitch there (Tomori). Everything he did today defensively I thought he was perfect.”

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Marcelo Bielsa looks out onto pitch

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Compare him to White and the similarities are clear. Their pass success rates were both north of 84% last season and they were within 0.2 tackles per game of each other.

This would be an astute piece of business, one that could bring back fond memories of White’s stay at Elland Road.

AND in other news, Leeds ace who won 81.8% of his duels was an absolute MONSTER vs Newcastle…

Article title: Leeds could have their new Ben White in Chelsea’s Fikayo Tomori

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