By Alex Stevens

Peter Lorimer has urged Leeds to strengthen their defence as part of a summer revamp.

The Elland Road legend is convinced that the team’s rearguard needs stiffening if they are to mount a concerted promotion challenge next season.

The Yorkshire giants have fallen well short in the current campaign, with Tuesday’s 1-1 draw against QPR cementing their position of 15th in the Championship table.

Centre-back Giuseppe Bellusci has come under criticism from supporters following blunders in consecutive matches that have directly contributed to goals conceded and points squandered.

But Lorimer is convinced Bellusci is the best centre-back at the club and should be in the team for Saturday’s clash against Burnley at Turf Moor.

“In fairness to Bellusci, in general he’s been good recently,” Lorimer told the Yorkshire Evening Post. “His all-round performances have been decent and, in my view, he’s been the best of our centre-backs. That’s not to say he can carry on making costly mistakes week after week because obviously that has to stop, but in the cold light of day, if you take Bellusci out of the team then you’re probably taking out our best centre-back.

“If it was down to me I’d be sticking with Bellusci and Liam Cooper in the centre of defence for now. I see that as the strongest partnership available to us – although I stand by my view that changes in that department are most certainly needed in the summer.”

Leeds are 15th in the Championship table on 48 points ahead of Saturday’s trip to Turf Moor.

In other Leeds news, owner Massimo Cellino has already made a decision about the future of Evans, according to former Elland Road striker Noel Whelan.