Christiansen confirms plans for Leeds twelfth summer recruit after Man United player joins
By Harry Sykes
Cameron Borthwick-Jackson signed on a season-long loan for Leeds on Monday and became the eleventh signing of the summer.
But Thomas Christiansen isn’t done yet and is planning to recruit another centre-back after the injuries sustained by Matthew Pennington and Gaetano Berardi in their 3-2 victory over Bolton on Sunday, according to a report.
The Yorkshire Evening Post claims that Christiansen is going to talk to the Leeds hierarchy on Monday about signing a new centre-back.
The timing of Borthwick-Jackson joining is fortunate as he can slot straight in as a replacement for left-back Berardi.
But the absence of Matthew Pennington could be more problematic with Christiansen very thin in the centre.
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Pennington joined on loan from Everton but went off in the second half of the opening Championship match with an ankle problem.
He was replaced by midfielder Conor Shaughnessy for the final quarter of the match, and his inexperience at the back was evident as he gave away a penalty to give Bolton hope of snatching a draw.
The newly-promoted team converted the penalty but Leeds hung on to claim a crucial three points.
Now it looks like Christiansen is resigned to the fact that he will need reinforcements at the back.
“Berardi is a shoulder injury and Pennington is an ankle injury, from what I saw,” said Christiansen after the match.
“I’m not the doctor but this is what I saw and in the next couple of days we’ll have a diagnosis of what exactly happened.”
Asked about getting another central defender in Christiansen said, “I will talk about that when we come back to the training ground, with those responsible for that.”
In other Leeds transfer news, Christiansen has made an admission about this striker’s future at Elland Road.