Leeds United have confirmed the arrival of Max Wober on a contract until the summer of 2027 after agreeing a fee with RedBull Salzburg – but what number will the Austria international where for the Yorkshire club going forward?

Wober, 24, joins after impressing for Salzburg over the best part of the last four years. After tricky spells at Ajax and a loan at Sevilla, he found his home at Salzburg. Naturally a centre-back, he has been playing left-back this season.

Having worked under Jesse Marsch and played alongside Rasmus Kristensen and Brenden Aaronson, he should find it easy to fit right at home. Leeds needed improvement on the left side of the defence, and it frees up Pascal Struijk.

Either that, or Jesse Marsch simply replaces captain Liam Cooper with Wober. Leeds confirmed the signing – which is still subject to a work permit. They also said on the official website, that Wober will wear the no.39 shirt for Leeds.

What shirt number will Wober wear for Leeds?

A bit of a surprise given how big the number is, and that 16, 17, 18 and 20 were all available. But, Wober has donned the no.39 for much of his past – wearing 39 at Salzburg since joining the club in 2019. He also wore it at Rapid Vienna.

He takes the shirt from Stuart McKinstry, who has gone on loan to Motherwell and has impressed north of the border. It is unclear if McKinstry has a future at Leeds. Ryan Edmondson wore it before McKinstry. He is now at Carlisle.

Before that, you have to go back to the 2007-08 season for our last no.39 – Anthony Elding. Fabian Delph broke into the side wearing no.39 and Simon Johnson, a young striker, wore it during our Premier League days before relegation.

Wober is likely to miss Wednesday’s clash against West Ham but could be available this weekend in the FA Cup. Leeds face Championship side Cardiff City away from home, a tough clash but one Leeds and potentially Wober should win.

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