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TT Introduces: James Justin as Leeds’ next right-back

TT Introduces: James Justin as Leeds’ next right-back

Leeds United have had a number of injuries that they have had to deal with so far this season that could force Marcelo Bielsa to head into the transfer market in January.

The defence has been a real concern for the Whites, with the likes of Barry Douglas and Gaetano Berardi having been struck down with injuries recently, whilst Luke Ayling has also become the latest man to be added to a frustrating list.

The right-back picked up a knee injury in their match against Nottingham Forest and is expected to miss around two months of action, which includes the busy festive period.

Bielsa should look to use January as the ideal opportunity to add to his threadbare backline and he could do no wrong in looking for another right-back to provide Ayling with some healthy competition once he makes a return.

James Justin has been impressing with Luton Town this season as they currently occupy a place in the playoffs after a rather successive campaign last year in which he helped guide them to promotion to League One.

Leeds have been heavily linked with a move for the 19-year-old in the past and speculation continues to mount that the Whites could still make a swoop for him in January (via HITC), when Bielsa was spotted watching Luton in action against Barnsley in the stands, as per Leeds Live.

Justin, who is valued by Transfermarkt at £23k, would not only look to help provide cover and competition for a spot that lacks options but could also become a long-term replacement for Ayling if he were unable to take the spot from him straight away.

Although predominately a right-back, the teenager is also extremely versatile and can play on the left of the defence as well as further forward on the right-hand side, which could make him more attractive to Bielsa.

However, Justin has a contract that runs until 2020, with a further year extension thought to be available (per Transfermarkt), so it could mean that Leeds will need to put a rather large offer to Luton to convince them into selling their star man.

Leeds fans – thoughts?

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