While Leeds United fans will want their club to bring in a left-back and a striker in January, but the club could also do with strengthening their midfield after Wednesday night’s display – and Sivert Mannsverk should be on their list.

Pascal Struijk has been playing at left-back and impressing. But his future is at centre-back, proven further by Robin Koch and Liam Cooper struggling last night. Up top, Patrick Bamford is still injured and Leeds need more in attack.

However, the absence of Tyler Adams proved costly against Manchester City. It made Marc Roca look out of his depth – Jermaine Pennant would have hooked the Spaniard after 25 minutes. Adam Forshaw was ineffective.

Behind those three central midfielders, Leeds are down to younger options. Sam Greenwood has been good, but he is naturally, not a holding midfielder. Darko Gyabi only made his Premier League debut on Wednesday as a sub.

Leeds require better strength in depth. Another holding midfielder that is more defensive-minded than the likes of Forshaw, Roca and Gyabi. At just £9million, Arsenal and Manchester United might have stumbled on the answer.

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Mannsverk should be on Leeds list after Wednesday night

Jeunes Footeux report that both Premier League heavyweights want to sign the 20-year-old midfielder. A player currently at Erling Haaland’s old side, Molde. They want £9m for him, a fee that would be a record sale for Molde.

Eclipsing Haaland’s £8million move to Salzburg. Mannsverk is seen as a future Norway star, already called up to his national team without winning a cap. A player that has spent most of his career, under the tutelage of Eirik Bakke.

Before his move to Molde in 2021, he was at Sogndal. He broke into Bakke’s side, made his first professional outing and played 55 times for the Norwegian top-tier side. A club Bakke managed for six years, between 2015 and 2021.

For a fee of £9million, Leeds would be easing their lack of depth in midfield with a player that Bakke has moulded. One that could prove to eventually replace Roca, alongside Adams. Defensively minded, but technically superb.

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