January 5, 2024

Djed Spence was allowed to return to Tottenham Hotspur early, leaving Leeds United shorthanded in the defender position.


When the Whites declared on Thursday night that Spence’s loan period would be terminated, they startled the whole football world. Later, it was revealed that Leeds had made this choice.


After making five straight starts, Spence had just begun to settle into a groove at Elland Road when he was benched on New Year’s Day during the 3-0 victory over Birmingham City.


But Leeds cannot afford to sit back and must now search the transfer market in an attempt to find a player who can replace Spence, which will not be easy, especially in January.


When questioned about whether Leeds will sign another right-back before the end of the month at his pre-Peterborough United press conference, Farke was understandably vague.


Regarding Leeds’ right-back plans, Farke

“Not right now,” he stated. When Djed was hurt, we won the first eighteen games. We discovered a few fixes. We are not going to sleep.


“We invited Djed in since we were aware of Sam Byram’s past injuries and the circumstances surrounding Junior at the time.


“There’s not a situation of emergency. We will examine the possibility, if any exists. We are acting on our convictions wholeheartedly.


This is just too important for Leeds to ignore this month. Without Spence, the team is unquestionably much weaker, and it is now crucial to find a replacement.



While Farke never intended to imply that Leeds would undoubtedly go out and purchase a right-back, this is also not a very encouraging statement.


Due to recent injury setbacks for both Luke Ayling and Jamie Shackleton, Leeds can’t continue to depend solely on 17-year-old Archie Grey to start every week.


In light of Farke’s intense desire to acquire a right-back throughout the summer, Leeds’ underwhelming performance this month would be very disappointing.

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