Why Leeds should sign top-flight defender in the summer, available at £1.25m
COMMENT By Derek Smithson
Leeds should consider making a move to sign Rangers defender James Tavernier in the summer transfer window to bolster their squad.
The Daily Record report that the Scottish top-flight club are planning a major clear out of first teamers and Tavernier will be allowed to leave Ibrox as a result.
It is understood the Gers have invited bids of £1.25million for the right-back and manager Pedro Caixinha is prepared to let him leave.
The 26-year-old has been an ever-present for Rangers in the past two seasons and has proven to be strong full-back.
He quite often divides opinion among supporters who are uncertain over his defensive qualities, but there is no doubting his ability going forward.
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Tavernier has managed seven assists and two goals during this 44 appearances this season, meaning he could bring some much needed extra ammunition to the Leeds attack.
The Englishman also proved his attacking instincts with a remarkable 15 goals and 23 assists from the full-back area in the 2015/16 campaign, when Rangers were promoted from the Scottish Championship.
Leeds are set to lose a full-back in the summer when rebel Charlie Taylor leaves and will need to bring in some extra cover.
Gaetano Berardi proved his qualities at left-back under former manager Garry Monk, while Tavernier could help provide competition from Ayling on the right flank.
The Yorkshire giants fell just short of the play-offs in the Championship race and in the end needed more creativity from other areas of the pitch, something that Tavernier could certainly help with due to some bursting runs on the right flank.
Leeds’ only concern would be his defence frailties, but he is frequently over criticised and would fit much better alongside the Whites backline.
In other Leeds news, Eddie Gray believes the club most move quickly to appoint a new manager.