This looked as though it was proving to be a difficult year for Leeds.
Before their trip to Leicester on Sunday, Marcelo Bielsa’s men had tasted defeat in three of their last four games.
However, doubt this Leeds team at your peril. They have bounced back tremendously in their last two outings. Their 2-1 win at Newcastle set out the platform and they followed that with a statement victory at the King Power Stadium, defeating the Foxes 3-1.
Patrick Bamford scored and assisted two while a patched-together defence kept a hassling Leicester attack pretty quiet. It was surprising given some of their nervy defensive performances in the last few games.
They shipped seven in the opening three games of the year and with Diego Llorente out injured yet again, problems were mounting for Bielsa.
Indeed, if there was still a big issue within his squad, it would be the lack of depth in that area of the pitch. Llorente has rejoined Robin Koch on the sidelines and if Pascal Struijk or Liam Cooper pick up an issue, it will be worrying.
After all, the Whites conceded three to Crawley Town at the beginning of the year when they had to rely on a few of their rarely-seen players.
Thus, with deadline day now upon us, Victor Orta must open the cheque book and bring another centre-half to the club. The defender they must look towards is Loic Bade.
The 20-year-old Lens defender has been linked with a switch to Elland Road in recent weeks and we’ve already compared him to Pontus Jansson. The youngster is a towering presence at the back and in the process of winning 4.1 aerial duels a match, is statistically better in the air than every Leeds player.
Though, that isn’t the sole reason Leeds have to sign him. After all, Bielsa and Orta don’t like to spend money unless it’s really necessary.
The Argentine likes a pet project and in Bade, he’d certainly have that. The Frenchman has a big future ahead of him and you only need to heed the words of renowned football talent scout Jacek Kulig. He called the Lens centre-half “dominant” before revealing that he has “huge potential.”
Therefore, the player wouldn’t necessarily be expecting to start. For Leeds, it’s crucial they find someone who might be willing to bide his time a little more. Bielsa merely requires cover and they’d certainly find a very good option in Bade.
With the club repeatedly suffering fitness setbacks in their defence, signing a player like Bade is a must. He’d not only help short-term but his future is so bright that he could form part of the first-team squad for a considerable period of time.