Reported Leeds bargain pursuit of proven 26-year-old must end Whites career of senior mainstay
Leeds United fans could argue late into the night over where the club need to strengthen when the summer transfer window comes around – but the majority would agree that the defence must be a priority.
The Whites have severely struggled at the back due to a lack of quality in depth, with injuries and suspensions forcing both Thomas Christiansen and successor Paul Heckingbottom to rotate between their available options throughout the campaign.
While the heart of defence might have been the position hit most by missing players, with back-up option Matthew Pennington and youngster Paudie O’Connor starting the defeat to Aston Villa on Friday, the full back positions have also been a big issue – and one which clearly needs addressing at the end of the season.
The troubles were evident in the early stages, with Gaetano Berardi having to operate on the left instead of his natural right side, and not much has improved since.
Now, The Sun journalist Alan Nixon has claimed that Heckingbottom could be looking to revisit former side Barnsley to sort out the situation, stating that 26-year-old right back Andy Yiadom is a summer transfer target.
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With his contract set to expire at the end of the season, he will be available for a free transfer – something which will suit the Elland Road transfer budget down to the ground – and with 60 appearances in the Championship, he can be considered a proven second-tier talent.
However, his arrival must signal the end of Berardi, who, despite being a first team mainstay with 33 appearances this season, has also proven himself to be a massive liability with 10 games missed through suspension.
Yiadom’s versatility could help add cover at left back and when Luke Ayling returns from his long-term injury, could offer some much needed competition without the risk of a stupid decision – something Berardi does not offer.
In other Leeds United news, a 24-year-old is unlikely to play for the club ever again after recent events.