For Leeds United, January promises the potential of new recruits and a left-back will be high on the agenda if the club decide to act next month – and here are three left-sided defenders the club should consider in the next few weeks.
Of course, Pascal Struijk has been excellent. But the Dutch defender is a centre-back and largely seen as a long-term replacement for Liam Cooper on the left of the two in the middle. So, Leeds need to sign a replacement left-back.
Here are three left-sided defenders Leeds should consider:
Charlie Taylor (Burnley)
Absolutely first choice in the Premier League, 29-year-old Taylor suffered relegation to the Championship last season. But bizarrely, despite the drop in division, has lost his place in Vincent Kompany’s side. His deal ends in June 2024.
Starting Burnley’s opening nine League games at centre-back, York-born Taylor has been dropped. Just three starts have come in the last 14 league games. Of course, he is a player Leeds fans know well – coming through the academy.
Playing 104 times for Leeds, he left on bad terms in 2017. But realistically, since his exit, Leeds have not had a regular left-back. Barry Douglas, Gjanni Alioski, Junior Firpo and now Struijk have tried. Bringing Taylor back is a smart move.
Ben Davies (Tottenham)
Bit of a left-field one. Davies, also 29, remains a regular for Spurs. But Antonio Conte is desperate to sign defenders at Spurs. Alessandro Bastoni remains on top of their radar. So, if Spurs sign a left-footed defender, Davies goes out.
Now, the 77-time Wales ace has been excellent for Spurs and he will not want to be sitting on the bench. But he is not deemed a wing-back by Conte – who prefers Ryan Sessegnon or Ivan Perisic in that role. Davies may decide to leave.
If Spurs sign £52m Bastoni, Leeds should try for the ex-Swansea man. He would give Leeds cover at centre-back, but the ideal left-back option. Huge experience; 12 games shy of 300 with Spurs. Davies would be a wonderful addition.
Antonee Robinson (Fulham)
Robinson is a bit different to Davies and Taylor, in that he is younger and a bit more attacking. The 33-time USA star is still only 25, but is about to enter the last 18 months of his contract at Fulham. The Cottagers are seriously impressing.
The ex-Everton and Wigan man is first choice for Fulham. So, it would be a difficult deal to do. But, the lure of Leeds and perhaps the chance to unite with USA internationals Tyler Adams and Brenden Aaronson would appeal to him.