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Loan deal for Matthew Pennington could be vital for Leeds’ promotion push

Loan deal for Matthew Pennington could be vital for Leeds’ promotion push

Leeds United earned a respectable point against Swansea City in what looked like a clash between two sides that could be playing in the Premier League next season.

After a storming start to the season which saw the Yorkshire club go on a run of four wins, Leeds were stopped in their tracks by a very impressive Swansea side under Graham Potter.

Although Bielsa has tried to keep the same team throughout the early stages of his league campaign, the Argentinian manager was forced to make a change last night due to an injury to centreback, Liam Cooper.

Cooper was injured in the warm-up last night while fan favourite, Pontus Jansson was also ruled out of the game.

As a result of Cooper’s injury, Luke Ayling was drafted into the heart of defence with Jamie Shackleton brought in to play at right-back.

Under Bielsa’s intense and energetic style of play, it’s unlikely that he will be able to maintain an injury-free squad throughout the whole season.

Earlier in the month, Leeds approached Everton according to the Yorkshire Evening Post over the signing of young defender Matthew Pennington and it’s a move Bielsa needs to push through.

The Breakdown

The loan window for English Football League clubs is still open until the end of the month and Leeds could very much still be in the market for some additions.

Having spent last season on loan with Leeds, Matthew Pennington has valuable experience of how tough the league is and isn’t another youngster who may be overwhelmed by the tough 46-game season.

He may not be a top quality centre-back but Leeds need a backup defender to bolster the squad.

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