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Leeds should seek to replicate Barry Douglas transfer success by winning race for Danny Batth

Leeds should seek to replicate Barry Douglas transfer success by winning race for Danny Batth

According to a recent report from The Daily Mirror’s Live Blog (30 August, 03:57), Leeds United are interested in a late summer move for defender Danny Batth. The 27-year-old currently plays his football at Premier League outfit Wolves having come up through the youth ranks into the senior set-up at Molineux, going on to appear over 200 times for the West Midlands club during his career.

Yet reports suggest that Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds are keen on the centre back, and given the success they had with luring left back Barry Douglas away from Molineux earlier this summer, the Whites must seek to replicate that success by winning the race for his former teammate.

The Breakdown

Ultimately, many viewed Leeds’ addition of Scotland international Douglas as a huge coup earlier this summer given how influential the 28-year-old was for Wolves in their promotion-winning campaign last time round, with Whites supporters hoping he’ll do the same for his new club.

And based on his efforts so far for Bielsa’s men, it was money very well spent as Douglas has been very solid down the left-hand-side for the Championship table-toppers, arguably producing his best performance for the club in their 3-0 win at Norwich City last time out.

Thus, there is no doubt that Leeds have had great success luring the 28-year-old away from Molineux, which is why they would be wise to do the same to Douglas’ former teammate Batth, whose arrival would add a great deal of strength to the Whites backline.

Clearly, while the Yorkshire giants sit top of the second tier five games into the new season, they do appear to be somewhat short in the centre back department, and as such in need of further reinforcements to deal with the long, hard slog that is a Championship campaign.

And the experienced Batth could be the ideal addition given he has 150 appearances in the second tier to offer this Leeds side, at the same time possessing the know-how in getting the job done having performed 16 times for Wolves in their run to the Championship title last term.

And in a Leeds team that have twice got themselves into position to win promotion in the last two seasons, and subsequently failed to get the job done, having that experience, as well as another accomplished option at centre back, could be hugely beneficial to Bielsa going forward into the remainder of the campaign.

As such, with Sheffield Wednesday also thought to be keen on the defender, Leeds must seek to win the race for the Wolves centre back, in doing so seeking to replicate the transfer success they have had with Douglas by luring his former teammate to Elland Road.

Leeds fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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