Gabriel Agbonlahor has tipped Leeds United to enter the transfer market and sign a natural left-back in January.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley, the former Aston Villa and England striker insisted Marcelo Bielsa cannot get away with playing players out of position for much longer.
Ezgjan Alioski and Stuart Dallas are both midfielders by trade and have shared the role this season.
The pace of Chelsea’s attackers Hakim Zyech and Timo Werner exposed the limitations of the pair at the weekend with the Blues’ third goal coming as Werner outpaced Dallas before playing a simple cross for Christian Pulisic to convert.
Asked by Football Insider whether Bielsa should look to strengthen the left side of his defence in the winter window, Agbonlahor said: “You can only get away with it for a certain amount of time when you play players out of position.
“Sooner or later you’ve got to fill positions with players that play there naturally.
“Maybe it’s something that Bielsa looks at in January, a proper left-back that knows how to play the game. I’m sure that’s something he’ll look at.
“Alioski and Dallas have done well so it’s hard to criticise them. Sometimes in certain games you need help, you can’t be playing one-on-one against Werner or players like that because they’re quicker than you and they’ll get past you.”
Dallas, 29, has started all 11 of Leeds’ Premier League games this season and has completed the full 90 minutes on 10 occasions.
Alioski has featured in nine of the Whites’ league games but has earned just six starts.