Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa could solve a major problem at the club by signing Ryan Bertrand this summer.
The 5 foot 10 ace recently left Southampton after the end of the Premier League season, and reports in recent days have suggested that the likes of Leicester and Arsenal are interested in signing him on a free transfer.
However, Paddy Kenny has now thrown Leeds’ name into the hat, and suggested that he could nail down a first-team spot at Elland Road were he to join Bielsa’s side in the summer.
He told Football Insider: “I don’t see why it wouldn’t work for him at Leeds. He’s an experienced Premier League player and has played a lot of games at the top level. He’s got a fair few years in him yet. I think they should look at this one, definitely.
“Does he want to keep playing week in, week out? Would you want to go to an Arsenal, Leicester or AC Milan and be further down the pecking order? Or would you want to go to Leeds, who have been unbelievable this season, and have the chance to play week in, week out? For me personally, I’d go to Leeds.”
Bertrand’s arrival at Elland Road would allow Bielsa to replace Gjanni Alioski, who has been linked with a move away from the club this summer and was largely disappointing over the course of the previous season, coming in for some big criticism from Noel Whelan.
He told Football Insider: “Alioski was diabolical to be quite honest with you. The free-kick, where he is trying to get a megs in the wrong area, that was his first mistake. The second mistake was back to the Alioski of old.
“We saw that weakness on the left-hand side again. The right thing was to take him off, 100 per cent. He was a liability. Another game which highlighted our need to go into the market for a left-back.”
He added: “Leeds need a natural full-back there that you know can cover most bases, definitely defensively because as much as he gives everything, he is a liability. He’s not the best of defenders.
On a free transfer, and with his bags of Premier League experience, Bertrand could go straight into the team and solve Bielsa’s Alioski problem, and give Leeds the kind of left-back they can rely on.