Leeds United appear to have missed out on the signing of Cameron Carter-Vickers this summer in their attempts to bolster their defensive options.
The Sun had claimed the Whites were leading the race for the Tottenham Hotspur centre-back heading into deadline day, however he has since joined Championship rivals Stoke City on a season-long loan deal instead (per the club’s official website).
Still only 21-years-old, the United States of America international will go on his fourth temporary move in as many years after spells at Sheffield United, Ipswich Town and Swansea City.
Leeds would have been desperate to add a centre-back to their squad this summer as Marcelo Bielsa appears to severely lack options to choose from heading into the season.
Following the departure of Pontus Jansson to Brentford, the Whites only have Liam Cooper and Gaetano Berardi as their most established options, although Ben White has arrived on loan from Brighton and Hove Albion this summer and seemingly impressed in their match against Bristol City at the weekend (Leeds-Live).
However, adding a player like Carter-Vickers could have been a brilliant piece of business for the Peacocks to have conducted in the transfer window.
According to the historical data collected by WhoScored, the American international managed to average 0.8 tackles per match and provide a further 1.2 interceptions in his 30 Championship appearances for the Swans last season, although he did manage to average a respective 0.9 and 1.5 at Sheffield United and 1.5 and 1.6 at Ipswich in years gone by.
Although Jansson’s departure will have hit the Elland Road club hard – as he managed to average 2.4 tackles and 2.3 interceptions for Leeds last season – Carter-Vickers has plenty of experience in England’s second-tier and could have helped ease the Swede’s departure this summer.
Missing out on Carter-Vickers to Stoke this summer could come back to haunt Leeds as the season progresses, especially considering how threadbare Bielsa’s defence currently looks.
As noted, the American defender has the experience of playing in the Championship and could have, perhaps, been an individual that would have helped the Whites in finally securing a return to the Premier League.
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