By Danny Wright
Leeds are plotting a move for Manchester United youngster Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claims that the Whites are keen on snapping up the 20-year-old left-back after Charlie Taylor secured his move to Burnley on Thursday after winding down his contract at Elland Road.
Borthwick-Jackson spent a period of last season on loan with Wolves, so has Championship experience to his name already. However Jose Mourinho was said to be unhappy with the lack of game time he earned at Molineux and swiftly recalled him.
The one-time England Under-20 international has earned a solid amount of appearances in the Man United first-team, picking up 14 appearances across all competitions.
Although he didn’t feature for Leeds’ bitter rivals last season, he has put in impressive displays against Liverpool and Chelsea in previous Premier League fixtures.
His loan move to Wolves in 2016/17 proved fruitless as he played just seven times under the charge of the now-sacked Walter Zenga.
Leeds are relatively short of options in the left-back department following Taylor’s exit.
Tyler Denton is the only player who is natural in the role, while Liam Cooper, Gaetano Berardi and new recruit Vurnon Anita can also put in a shift there if required, but the trio are all proficient elsewhere on the pitch.
Football Insider Verdict
Borthwick-Jackson would be a top addition to Thomas Christiansen’s side as Leeds aim to achieve promotion to the Premier League in the upcoming campaign. The Whites definitely need a new left-back as Denton cannot be expected to play there all season, especially without a back-up option. Borthwick-Jackson, even though he plays for bitter rivals Man United, would walk straight into Leeds’ starting line-up and could easily become one of the top left-backs in the Championship. He has experience of playing with and against some of the best players in England, not to mention being taught by iconic manager Mourinho, who is known for his defensive-lead tactics.
In other Leeds news, fans haven’t reacted well to the departure of this first-team mainstay.