Leeds told to 'get him signed' as swoop for Mazraoui revealed - pundit
Frank McAvennie is not surprised to hear Leeds United are in the market for new defenders this January.
The former West Ham hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, highlighted the back four as the Whites’ problem area.
On 14 October, Football Insider revealed Leeds are keeping tabs on Ajax defender Noussair Mazraoui ahead of his contract expiring next year.
The right-back, 23, just hired super agent Mino Raiola as his new representative with a Leeds source telling this site the player is on their radar.
This comes as Luke Ayling suffers another injury blow with medical expert and Football Insider pundit Ben Dinnery ruling him out for another month.
McAvennie has urged Leeds to sort their defence in January but insisted they can’t afford to sign a player who isn’t up to Marcelo Bielsa’s high standards.
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“That doesn’t surprise me,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.
“Leeds don’t seem to do the defensive thing at the moment, it’s not in the playbook.
“It’s a weak point in their game for sure. I’m a big believer in sorting your defence out.
“If you have a sound back four, everything else falls into place. Leeds haven’t had a settled defence for a while.
“Going after a new defender in January is a sensible move to me. It’s an easy fix, as long as the guy is good enough.
“He’s not played in the Premier League before, so you have to question that if they sign him in January. Is he what they need?
“They will have to do due diligence though, they can’t afford to have another injury-prone player on the books.
“That’s what would concern me, whoever it is, has to be up to playing Bielsa’s way. If he’s good enough, get him signed.”
Champions League ace Mazraoui has an excellent record this season, scoring three goals in his last four league matches from his full-back position.