Three Leeds players who might just benefit from Orta failing to sign a midfielder
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Three Leeds players who might just benefit from Orta failing to sign a midfielder

Leeds United brought in Dan James on deadline day, but the club arguably needed a central midfielder more than the Wales international.

Ultimately, Leeds failed to sign a midfielder. Orta has since spoken out over the decision not to sign £8million-rated Lewis O’Brien, to the YEP.

So, with Leeds failing to add O’Brien as cover in the middle of the park – which three players could now benefit?

Jack Jenkins

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The 19-year-old midfielder made his debut for the club in the appalling 3-0 defeat to Crawley. Since then, his form for the Under-23’s had dipped.

But this season, the midfielder has returned to the 23’s fold a different player. He looks fitter, he looks stronger, and he looks more confident.

Able to do the Phillips role, Jenkins can also play further forward. It would not be a surprise to see him get a chance in the coming weeks and months.

Robin Koch

With Liam Cooper starting under Marcelo Bielsa, Pascal Struijk excellent and Diego Llorente coming back from injury – Koch is fourth choice.

That is, at centre-back. In midfield, he is probably the first man to come in for Phillips at the moment – playing against Manchester United.

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With his chances of game time at centre-back struggling, a lack of midfielder signing boosts Koch’s chances of playing further forward.

Adam Forshaw

For Forshaw, it is all about getting back to full fitness. The 30-year-old is incredibly fit, and Andrea Radrizzani has backed the ex-Boro midfielder.

Asked about signing a midfielder, Radrizzani named Forshaw. He looked good against Crewe, has been good for the 23’s and was good in pre season.

Like Jenkins, Forshaw can play as a four – or further forward. He has the ability and the fitness to return – but is it the end of his injury demons?

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Other than the three Leeds players mentioned, Jamie Shackleton and Mateusz Klich might also benefit from the club not signing O’Brien.

In other Leeds news, Orta speaks about his relief at signing James – and almost thanks Cristiano Ronaldo for allowing a move to happen.

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