Last night, Leeds United unexpectedly decided to terminate Djed Spence’s Tottenham Hotspur loan early.
Though Spence was listed as an unutilized substitute against Birmingham City on Monday, he had just recently begun to settle into his Elland Road routine with five straight starts.
Some of those had even played out of position at left-back, where he occasionally performed admirably, but Leeds ultimately decided to cut him loose from the team early.
Daniel Farke has previously stated that strengthening the left side is crucial for this month, but it may now be just as crucial to focus on the other flank as well.
Bright Osayi, a right back for Fenerbahce,Although Samuel was an unexpected connection to Leeds yesterday, with Spence no longer with the team, a move for him would now make more sense.
Leeds may now choose to play Osayi-Samuel.
In terms of players who can play right-back, Leeds is still rather well-stocked, but their options undoubtedly appear much more limited at this point.
Jamie Shackleton has battled injuries, and Archie Grey, who has been first choice since October, is still largely a centre midfielder.Another is Luke Ayling, who has also been injured and is not expected to play by Farke despite being linked to Middlesbrough.
Leeds needs to make sure they don’t fall short this month, therefore it would make sense for them to confirm their earlier claims of interest in Osayi-Samuel.
Osayi-Samuel was more of a winger when he was in England, but at Fenerbahce, he is a right-back. He has started every game this season and has played well.
Although Leeds now has three spots available following Spence’s departure, loans were anticipated to make up the majority of their transfer strategy. However, an £8.6 million deal might just be there for them to pursue.