Leeds United have got their promotion bid off to a flying start with back-to-back victories in the Championship over Stoke City and Derby County, and they will be hoping to build upon that in the coming weeks with further victories and a handful of loan deals.
Indeed, whilst the loan window remains open Leeds should be in the market for at least one more acquisition who can help the club achieve their ultimate aim of promotion.
One area in which Marcelo Bielsa should be particularly eager to strengthen is at centre-back, as he currently has just three natural centre-backs to call upon, so clearly something needs to budge if he wishes to keep his Leeds side solid and compact throughout the campaign.
With that being said, Bielsa should turn to his old friend Mauricio Pochettino for a helping hand by allowing Juan Foyth to embark on a season-long loan deal before August 31st.
The Argentinian centre-back arrived at the club from Estudiantes for a fee of £11.7 million in August 2017 – a substantial fee for an unproven defender with no European experience.
Foyth struggled to break into the first-team during his debut season due to heavy competition for places from the likes of Davinson Sanchez, Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld, but this season could be his year to break through if Alderweireld leaves before the end of August.
However, if the Belgium international eventually decides to remain in north London there’s no doubt that Foyth could find himself surplus to requirements once again, so a loan move would be in the best interests of all parties concerned if that proves to be the case.
On his rare first-team appearances Foyth demonstrated plenty of composure in possession and a natural intelligence to anticipate proceedings, and with a little more emphasis on strength training there’s no doubt he could blossom into a fine ball-playing centre-back in the Premier League.
With Leeds short of options in defence and Bielsa’s relationship with Pochettino to consider, Foyth’s arrival at Elland Road on a season-long loan deal seems like something of a no brainer and, if he completes a switch, the Whites’ dream of clinching promotion would certainly be handed a significant boost.
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