According to Phil Hay at The Athletic, Leeds United have showed interest in signing Luke Thomas from Leicester City.
Leeds United are in the market for depth at left back after Sam Byram went down with an injury against Ipswich. The 29-year-old has had a flying start to the season since being re-signed this summer. However, an adductor strain means he may be ruled out for a couple of weeks. Leeds boss Daniel Farke said the injury to Byram was a “sucker punch”:
“Well, first of all, it feels a bit like right now we’re in the season and if you think ‘thank God no sucker punch’, comes another sucker punch. Sam has been brilliant so far and this moment there was an injury. He was even last games one of our best performers.”
The hectic schedule of the English Championship being considered, Farke and his team are in the market with one name on the radar – Luke Thomas.
🚨 Leicester City defender Luke Thomas on Leeds United’s radar. Left-back options reduced by Sam Byram’s injury. Two enquiries for Thomas so far. Leicester unsure about loaning to a Championship rival.
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) August 28, 2023
The 22-year-old broke into the Leicester first team last season, making 17 starts in the Premier League. However, this season he has failed to play a single minute under Enzo Maresca. And with a year left on his contract, Leeds United are keen to test Leciester’s resolve.
— United Journal (@theutdjournal) August 28, 2023
Thomas is also on the radar of Manchester United who themselves are looking for depth at left back after an injury to Luke Shaw. With the transfer window closing in the next few days, it would be interesting to see Leeds United and the Red Devils go head-to-head over the England U21 international.