Leeds United are still on the lookout for a new left-back but aren’t closer to sealing any targets…
What’s the word?
That’s according to The Athletic’s Phil Hay, who delivered a frustrating update during a recent Q&A with supporters – speaking ahead of their final pre-season clash against Cagliari, the reliable reporter revealed:
“As it stands, they aren’t close to bringing another LB in, although Marsch has made it clear that they’re looking.”
Frustrating update for Marsch
In recent weeks, the Yorkshire giants have been linked to several potential targets in the role, including PSV Eindhoven man Philipp Max and Stoke City’s Josh Tymon.
But going by Hay’s latest claim, it appears that the club are no closer to finding a solution and that will leave manager Jesse Marsch bitterly disappointed, if not hugely worried as the season gets underway in less than a week’s time.
Is Firpo good enough for Leeds?
Leeds face Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League opener on Saturday and will currently do so without a recognised left-back available, with the versatile Stuart Dallas also set to be absent through injury until the New Year at the earliest.
Current first-choice Junior Firpo has been ruled out for the start of the season, as per The Athletic.
That said, even if Firpo was fit to feature, you would have your doubts as the ex-Barcelona star has struggled to maintain consistency since his move to England, with the Mirror’s David Anderson deeming him to be a “liability” last season after he racked up over ten yellow cards.
Wolves have plenty of firepower on the flanks, notably Adama Traore, so Marsch will surely be concerned heading into kickoff this weekend as it means Pascal Struijk or the relatively unknown Leo Hjelde will have to play out of position, causing all sorts of problems.
Hopefully, director of football Victor Orta can find a solution sooner rather than later.
AND in other news, Journo reveals exciting Leeds transfer update…