COMMENT By Danny Wright
Leeds United are facing somewhat of a crisis at left-back with Thomas Christiansen reluctant to use Cameron Borthwick-Jackson in his first-team despite Gaetano Berardi and Vurnon Anita both struggling.
The two right-footed defenders are much better options on the right than they are on the opposite flank, and that must surely be leading to Borthick-Jackson, 20, to question why he moved to Elland Road on his season-long loan in the summer.
The Manchester United loanee is the only defender capable of playing at left-back in this Leeds squad and it is clearly bringing some problems, especially in the last two games where six goals have been conceded in two losses.
Christiansen has basically frozen out Borthwick-Jackson after failing to play in the Championship since the opening day, and it is now an inevitability that his temporary deal at Elland Road will be cut short in January – and it won’t be the first time it will happen for the unfortunate youngster.
Last season, the England Under-20 international went to Wolves on loan but struggled to get into the first-team under the charges of both Walter Zenga and Paul Lambert.
As a result, he was sent back to Manchester United in January with the clear idea that his time will be better spent in the Under-23 squad playing in Premier League 2 rather than on the fringes of a Championship first-team.
If that has happened once before to the player, it will likely happen again.
Christiansen must sign up a proper left-back in January because it is the clear weak-link in his side.
Charlie Taylor’s exit to Burnley in the summer didn’t help matters but the club have failed in replacing him and right now it looks to have been a huge blunder.
There are only so many Berardi howlers the fans can take before enough becomes enough.
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