Thomas Christiansen has insisted that he is happy with his Leeds United squad, and is not yet thinking about making any additions in January, reports the BBC’s, Adam Pope.
Scott Malone has been one player linked with a move to Elland Road recently, but Christiansen has quashed those rumours linking the Huddersfield Town left-back with a move across West Yorkshire.
When asked the question about Malone, Christiansen replied: “The players I have are the best players and I don’t for the moment need anyone else.”
TC on link to # htafc LB Scott Malone in Jan. "The players I have are the best players & I don't for the moment need anyone else." #lufc
— Adam Pope (@APOPEY) October 12, 2017
Leeds only have one recognised left-back at the club, in the shape of Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, who is on a season-long loan at Elland Road from Manchester United.
However, Borthwick-Jackson has been limited to just four appearances since his move to West Yorkshire, with Christiansen preferring Vurnon Anita or Gaetano Berardi on the left of defence.
Berardi has featured in Leeds’ last two fixtures at left-back, as Christiansen watched his side suffer back-to-back defeats against Cardiff City and Sheffield Wednesday.
Leeds are back in Championship action on Saturday afternoon, when Reading visit Elland Road.
Christiansen has confirmed that he has a fully fit squad to choose from for that fixture, with Caleb Ekuban Leeds’ only absentee.
“For the moment” are the three key words that need to be looked at here.
Christiansen is not yet thinking about the January transfer window, but if Leeds are to maintain their push for promotion, investment will be needed.
Left-back is an area of concern, and whether it is Malone or another player, Leeds will be expected to strengthen that area during the January transfer window, with Borthwick-Jackson not yet proving his worth.
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