Leeds United fans here in the Tavern are praying that their side can overcome last week’s demoralising defeat, with some players futures certainly coming into question at Elland Road.
Thomas Christiansen enjoyed a fantastic start to life in Yorkshire after leading Leeds United to an automatic promotion place, but as times gone by the Whites seem to have lost their way with even a playoff place now looking like an impossible challenge. Although, there was one promising development for a certain individual after the weekend’s 4-3 defeat to Millwall, as according to reports in the Yorkshire Evening Post, Leeds United intent to ask Everton about the possibility of securing a permanent deal for Everton loanee Matthew Pennington at the end of the season.
Defensive liabilities have cost Leeds United in recent times, as Liam Cooper’s red card in Saturday’s clash with Millwall epitomised the manner of which the Whites’ defenders have gone about their business this season.
But, one player who’s deserved of a mention from his performance at the weekend is Matthew Pennington, as Thomas Christiansen singled him out as a standout performer from the Elland Road disaster. Indeed, in a season that’s seen the 23-year-old limited for chances in the first-team, the four-game suspension for defender Tom Cooper could see the defender extend his stay in the side as he looks to fight for a permanent place.
And, after responding to a question asked about the possibility of acquiring another centre-back this transfer window, Christiansen added:
“You saw Pennington in the second half”
“He did well and you couldn’t see that he hadn’t played for a long time or that he had come back from injury.”
Although, Leeds could face complications at the end of the season in terms of acquiring the defender on a permanent deal, with the player currently under contract until 2019 and a change of manager at Goodison Park, Sam Allardyce may have different plans for the 23-year-old to those of Ronald Koeman.
Although it’s been an injury-hit loan spell with Leeds United, in the 12 appearances given for the club so far he’s established himself as a standout player in a number of these fixtures. And, with Cooper’s liability continuing to take effect on the club, a possible partnership with Pontus Jansson could work wonders.
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