As the January transfer window approaches, Premier League clubs scramble to register their interest in players who will help transform their season. Leeds United are amongst the top flight parties to be scanning the market for their next big fish.
Despite a successful summer window, the Whites are struggling slightly in their returning Premier League season. Their main area of concern is arguably the defence, having shipped 12 goals in their last five games and conceding a total of 33 goals in the league alone, with only West Brom having let more in.
Marcelo Bielsa is struggling with his backline, particularly with his centre-backs. Robin Koch is currently injured and Diego Llorente has made just one appearance since he joined the club in the summer. Similarly, Pascal Struijk has been limited to his first team action this season, not making it off the bench on nine occasions, as per Transfermarkt.
Leeds cannot expect to flourish in the Premier League with so few reliable centre-back options. Outside of the usual partnership between Koch and Liam Cooper, personnel is worrying. That’s why Victor Orta and co must once again consider a move for a new central defender.
According to Football Insider, Leeds have been linked to Ipswich Town starlet Elkan Baggott. Despite being a 17-year-old from a League One side, the promise of his ability is great. Towering at 6 ft 5, the teen could be the perfect protege to Koch, who was a stalwart in defence before his injury.
Sofascore reports that the German was averaging 1.6 tackles per game and a 92% passing accuracy in his own half. This is more than the likes of Manchester United’s Harry Maguire and Tottenham’s Eric Dier.
Bringing in a young player who is already of beastly stature to work under the likes of Koch and Cooper could be a stroke of genius from Leeds. The Football Insider report also claims that he would cost as little as £300,000 to secure a move, which is a very attractive amount.
A sum so small would be a great investment for Bielsa, who would no doubt be able to blossom Baggott into a strong, first team player. Just as he is currently doing with 20-year-old Illan Meslier.
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