View: Leeds must sign 28-year-old Championship captain after manager comments
COMMENT By Will Butcher
Thomas Christiansen desperately needs a new centre-back at Leeds after Matthew Pennington suffered what looked to be an ankle injury in the win against Bolton.
Pennington, 22, starred at the back during the 3-2 win over Phil Parkinson’s side at the Macron Stadium, but suffered an injury during the second half as he landed awkwardly.
If the Everton loanee is ruled out for a considerable amount of time, then the Whites will be left with just one first-team centre-back at Elland Road in Liam Cooper ahead of Wednesday’s night’s clash against Port Vale in the League Cup.
Sweden international Pontus Jansson is suspended for the clash against the Staffordshire-based side and Christiansen must now look to sign a new central defender immediately.
The first centre-back he must turn to is Bristol City captain Aden Flint, who shined for the Robins last season.
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The Mirror claims Leeds are to rival Birmingham for the 28-year-old defender this summer, with Bristol City willing to cash in on the 6ft 5in colossus.
Since then, Robins boss Lee Johnson has claimed, as quoted by the Sky Sports Transfer Centre (5.06pm), that he does not believe Birmingham can afford Flint’s asking price.
Owner Steve Lansdown said his club want £10million for Flint, and Johnson said: “The owner has come out and said what he will accept.
“I am not convinced Birmingham have the money to do that, but it’s important we leave the door open for Aden.”
That could allow the Whites to steal in and sign Flint, if Johnson’s comments are true.
Leeds boss Christiansen will be urging his owner Andrea Radrizzani to open his cheque book once again and luring Flint to Elland Road could be their best capture of the summer.
The classy stopper kept 12 clean sheets in 53 league and cup appearances last time out as the Robins fought relegation, as well as scoring five goals.
Although hugely expensive, Flint would both solve Christiansen’s problem area and add huge quality and potentially the missing ingredient from promotion back to the Premier League.
In other Leeds transfer news, here is the Whites’ player ratings from their win v Bolton.