By Danny Wright

8th Mar, 2018 | 1:59pm

Leeds face defensive crisis, 24-yr-old reportedly binned by Newcastle is perfect short-term fix


Leeds United are facing a defensive crisis after Liam Cooper was forced off the pitch with an injury in the 3-0 defeat to Wolves on Wednesday night.

Pontus Jansson is also one yellow card away from a two-game ban, and if he picks that up against Reading this weekend, Paul Heckingbottom may just have Matthew Pennington as the only first-team centre-back available to him.

However Leeds do have the chance to find a short-term fix to this problem and they must sign one-time Australia international Curtis Good after he was reportedly released by Newcastle United.

The Newcastle Chronicle has claimed that the 24-year-old centre-back is among eight players to have been binned by the Magpies as they shake-up their Under-23s squad ahead of next season.

Good’s deal was due to expire in the summer anyway so he would have been available for free then.

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However the Whites must take advantage of him now being a free agent and get him in as cover until the end of the season.

Although he is not the best, he has some good experience under his belt and would no doubt agree to join Leeds on a cut-price deal just to see out the season.

It would help him stay match-fit ahead of finding a new club in the summer and if Cooper is to miss an extended period and Jansson gets suspended, then Heckingbottom will sure be glad to have snapped up the Aussie centre-back.

Leeds’ season is getting worse by the week but this is a left-field move that they could make to stop it from getting any worse.

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