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Leeds should bolster their defensive options by signing Robert Huth on free transfer

Leeds should bolster their defensive options by signing Robert Huth on free transfer

Leeds United’s perfect start continued last night as they recorded their third straight victory with a 2-1 win over Bolton Wanderers in the 1st round of the Carabao Cup. 

It seems that Marcelo Bielsa is having the desired effect at Leeds United as his side have started the season in emphatic fashion. 2 wins in the Championship and a Carabao Cup victory will do wonders for the confidence of everybody involved with the club, but it’s important that they continue to strengthen before the loan window closes to ensure they have plenty of strength in depth for the season ahead.

One position in which the Whites are desperately short of strength is in central defence, so Bielsa should be targeting the signing of at least one defender in the final weeks of the window.

However, Leeds may not even need to use the loan window to strengthen their options, as Robert Huth is available on a free transfer now that his contract with Leicester has expired.

Huth’s final season with the Foxes slipped into insignificance as he became something of a forgotten figure in the background at the King Power.

The big German only made a single Carabao Cup appearance and a handful of appearances for the reserves before leaving the club which he won his third Premier League title with, but his lack of opportunity does not necessarily suggest he will be unable to return to senior football this season.

With Pontus Jansson, Liam Cooper and Conor Shaughnessy the only natural central backs on Leeds’ ranks, the arrival of Huth should be regarded as something of a necessity.

Huth would bring a rich experience of English football, a willingness to put his body on the line for the cause and a commanding physical presence at both ends of the pitch, and these qualities would enable him to rapidly establish himself as a fan-favourite at Elland Road.

Leeds are desperately short of options in defence and it’s an issue which needs addressing imminently if they wish to continue building upon their early season momentum, and signing a player of Huth’s calibre represents the most cost-effective way of resolving their defensive shortage.

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