By Kevin Phillips

12th Dec, 2020 | 7:00pm

Phillips Exclusive: Leeds defender signing could be on the cards as Bielsa U-turn touted

Leeds United could sign a defender in January as Kevin Phillips touted a potential January U-turn from Marcelo Bielsa.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the ex-England striker believes Leeds would place too much pressure on their backline if they do not strengthen where they are now very vulnerable.

Bielsa deployed Luke Ayling as a makeshift centre-back in Friday’s 2-1 Premier League defeat against West Ham in the absence of Robin Koch and Diego Llorente.

Koch has been ruled out for at least three months after undergoing knee surgery earlier this week.

Llorente broke down with another hamstring injury on his Premier League debut against Chelsea last weekend and will be sidelined for a few weeks.

Bielsa revealed at his media conference on Wednesday that he has no plans to buy a defender in the transfer window next month.

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“I know Bielsa has said they won’t sign another centre-back in January but with the injury problems I think it is an area they will look at,Phillips told Football Insider.

If they bring someone in they do not have to place so much pressure on Berardi and Koch when they come back. They do not want to rush them back.” 

Bielsa claimed that Gaetano Berardi, who has been sidelined since July after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament, will offer another senior centre-back option from February.

But Liam Cooper, who often misses matches due to injury issues of his own, is the only current senior centre-back available to play.

In other news, Leeds United may have lined up a blockbuster signing spree after company filing reveal.