How do Leeds United solve their defensive frailties?

It is without a doubt that Leeds United have taken the Premier League by storm with their high-tempo, high-energy eye catching brand of football on numerous occasions so far this season. Many pundits have dubbed the West Yorkshire side as a ‘breath of fresh air’ to the top-flight. Bielsa’s side have completed a staggering 9,111 passes racking up thirty goals in the process. But with any club, there is always cause for concern and with Leeds their achilles heel has to be their defensive play which has reared its ugly head throughout the duration of the season so far. Bielsa must look to bolster his patched-up defensive ranks -the club having shipped 33 goals thus far and with summer signings Robin Koch and Diego Llorente (both central defenders) nursing injuries, which will see them out of action until March, Bielsa must surely look to address his defensive woes in order to maintain Leeds’ Premier League status. In this article I’ll take a look at two key players, Leeds should look to swoop for in the January transfer window.

Ben White: 

The Brighton man played an integral role in the Elland Road side’s return to the Premier League and went down as a fan’s favourite in his year-long tenure at Elland Road. White prospered under the guidance of Bielsa and Leeds fans were eager to keep White under their wing. Brighton boss Graham Potter was in awe of  White’s progression as a footballer and subsequently handed the youngster a new four year deal keeping him with the West-Sussex side until the summer of 2022. White was renowned for his composure and swagger which he possessed, whilst also forming a tight bond with Liam Cooper . White plays with a confidence and self-assurance which belies his age. Under Potter, the defender has featured sixteen times for the South Coast side whilst also continuing to be heavily linked with a move away from the AMEX.

Erick Pulgar:

Chilean Pulgar, is currently plying his trade with Serie A side Fiorentina. Pulgar is a battling and tenacious player who likes to maraud forward with the ball and join in on the action. As we approach the business end of the season, more players are bound to sustain injuries and with a tough run of fixtures in April, Bielsa should look to bring in depth and experience in what is a relatively young squad. Standing at 6’1, Pulgar will bring a physical presence which is needed to tighten up the defence and hopefully ensure the Whites don’t leak as many goals from set-pieces. Pulgar mainly occupies the defensive midfielder role but is accustomed to slotting in at the heart of defence-something prevalent with Ben White last season. A player who is more than competent of performing at this level.