Leeds United are not interested in signing a right-back in the upcoming transfer window even if Cody Drameh were to depart the club in January, state the Yorkshire Evening Post.
The new-year transfer period is a critical one for Leeds as they seek to strengthen in key areas, most notably in the left-back and striker positions.
Recent reports linking the Whites to Manchester United right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka were therefore met by surprise from many Whites supporters, who believed their club were scouting in an area which didn’t really need reinforcing.
These links likely stemmed from current rumours regarding young right-back Cody Drameh’s leaving Elland Road in January, a departure which appears “destined” according to YEP journalist Graham Smyth.
A further YEP report [19 December] has disregarded claims that Leeds are in the market for another right-back even if Drameh does leave.
“Even though it is likely third-choice right-back Cody Drameh will leave next month, Leeds are not expected to add to their ranks on that side of defence with Rasmus Kristensen having only recently joined the club,” they said.
It appears Whites’ director of football Victor Orta is willing to put his faith in new arrival Kristensen and his deputy at right-back Luke Ayling rather than bringing in any new additions in January.
We’re sure we weren’t the only Leeds fans rolling our eyes amid recent reports to Manchester United’s Wan-Bissaka, so it comes as a relief to see them being discredited by a reputable source such as the YEP.
The fact remains that we don’t need another right-back currently. A left-back and striker must be the priority, and the club executive must also know that, particularly after how last season ended.
Wan-Bissaka’s status as a player for our arch-rivals, coupled with his poor form at that team across the Pennines, made a potential signing seem as unpalatable as it was unlikely.
This update is great to see, and allows attention to be focussed on other areas of the pitch which need it to a far greater extent.