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Leeds ‘prompted’ into last-gasp deadline day defender search – report

Leeds United supporters have been pretty quiet in the Transfer Tavern in recent times after seeing their side only muster a 0-0 draw away at Hull City on Tuesday night, thus extending their wait for a first victory of 2018 into February.

Thomas Christiansen’s men entered the New Year fifth in the Championship table and firmly in contention for a return to the Premier League, but things haven’t gone particularly well for the Yorkshire giants in 2018. The Whites have drawn two and lost two of their four league games and were also knocked out of the FA Cup at the hands of League Two side Newport County, leaving Christiansen’s men tenth in the second tier table, and now four points adrift of the top six.

Thus, there have been many despondent Leeds fans in the Tavern in the last few weeks, yet they are likely to be intrigued by a recent report from The Yorkshire Evening Post, which suggests that the club were in the market for a centre-back in the last knockings of the transfer window, only for no deal to materialise.

Their desire to land a defender seemingly arose from the clear shortage of centre-backs at Christiansen’s disposal, with Liam Cooper and Matthew Pennington both unavailable for the trip to Hull on Tuesday night.

And the 44-year-old’s difficulties were compounded by an injury to Conor Shaughnessy early in the contest at the KCOM Stadium, which has since left just Pontus Jansson, who himself is a yellow card away from a suspension, as the only available centre-back at Elland Road.

As such, the Whites were reportedly ‘prompted’ into a deadline day search for defensive reinforcements, but were ultimately unable to get any over the line to leave Christiansen with a few issues heading into their clash with Cardiff City on Saturday.

Landlord’s verdict: January was a troubling month for Leeds United, with no win in their five matches in all competitions seeing them slip out of the Championship play-off places, and bow out of the FA Cup.

And February doesn’t look like it’ll be any easier for head coach Thomas Christiansen, who is facing the prospect of three unavailable central defenders for the trip to Cardiff City on Saturday, with Liam Cooper suspended alongside injuries to Conor Shaughnessy and Matthew Pennington.

As such, the Whites reportedly did try to land another centre-back in the last knockings of the transfer window on Wednesday, although were ultimately unable to do so in news which is unlikely to delight our resident Leeds fans.

Leeds fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!

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