To get a new left-back, Leeds United might need to spend money in the January transfer window.
The Whites decided not to sign one in the summer because they trusted Sam Byram, who joined on a free transfer, and it seemed to be a wise decision in the first few months of the season.
Byram has missed or hobbled off the field in six of the previous seven games, albeit his injury troubles have started to hurt him more and more.Junior Firpo has also had severe difficulties staying fit.
Charlie Taylor of Burnley was one left-back who was constantly mentioned as a possible summer transfer to Elland Road because of his small involvement in their promotion campaign the previous year.
Taylor has played a lot more this season as a result of Leeds failing to re-sign previous loanee Ian Maatsen, and the Daily Mail claims that Leeds even had a bid for their former academy graduate rejected.
Amidst Leeds’ interest, Burnley wants Taylor to sign a new contract.
Taylor’s current contract is set to expire at the end of the current campaign, and it is now stated that Burnley is eager to offer him a new one as he is very much a part of the Turf Moor first squad.
16 of Burnley’s last 17 Premier League games have seen Taylor play every minute of those games. Because he was serving a one-match ban, the only match he missed was a 2-0 loss to Everton.
In light of that, it is highly likely that Leeds will need to search elsewhere this month. It’s unlikely that their position on not being for sale has softened over the summer.
With Djed Spence back at Tottenham, Leeds is actually weaker at full-back today than they were at the start of the window. Hopefully, they have other irons in the fire.
Spence made four of his five Leeds starts at left-back; without that additional cover, it’s hard to imagine how they would have survived December without him.