COMMENT By Will Butcher

Leeds are eyeing a move for Partick Thistle defender Liam Lindsay in January to provide cover at the heart of Garry Monk’s defence.

The 21-year-old has starred for his boyhood club this season throughout 24 league and cup appearances, but the Daily Record, who revealed Leeds’ interest, claim Lindsay is also interesting Birmingham and Portsmouth.

With Lindsay still largely unknown down south, here are three things you did not know about the Partick’s number five:

Goalscoring defender

Linsday’s unwavering desire to beat his opponent in the air has seen him become a huge threat from free kicks and corners for Partick. The young defender has scored six goals this season against the likes of Kilmarnock, Hearts and Brendan Rodgers’ high flying Celtic. His ability to find the back of the net on a regular basis could add an extra dimension to Monk’s side, as they look to give their promotion chase a boost in January.

6ft 3in colossus

Standing at a rangy 6ft 3in and possessing a strong physique, Lindsay imposes a commanding aura at the back and intimidates the strikers that he faces. With the Championship boasting strikers such as Dwight Gayle, Jonathan Kodjia and Glenn Murray, Lindsay’s presence at the back could prevent such forwards from scoring. If Lindsay can play such a pivotal role in the Yorkshire giants’ defence, then he should be snapped up in January.

Monk mark II

Leeds boss Monk was known for his no nonsense approach to defending, as he looked to clear his lines at any sign of danger. Able to keep possession of the ball too, Monk could look to sign the young Scotsman as Lindsay could remind the former Swansea boss of himself. With a player that is similar to Monk in his Leeds squad, the 37-year-old manager would know what Lindsay’s weaknesses are and be able to improve him better than most.

In other Leeds transfer news, this four-time international could be on his way to Elland Road in January.