Leeds United has already replaced Joe Worrall as a result of the latest medical information.
Leeds United arrived on deadline day with Connor Roberts, the only addition to Daniel Farke’s playing roster this time around. The Whites left their January transfer business terribly late.
That lack of business didn’t mean that Leeds weren’t linked with several names over the course of the month, with plenty of players being touted with a midseason move to Elland Road, whether it was Manuel Benson or Ben
That lack of business didn’t mean that Leeds weren’t linked with several names over the course of the month, with plenty of players being touted with a midseason move to Elland Road, whether it was Manuel Benson or Ben Godfrey
Forest left it incredibly late to make the centre-back available on loan, with reports suggesting Nuno Espirito Santo only opened the door to a temporary switch late on deadline day, meaning the Whites didn’t have enough time to get a deal over the line [Alan Nixon, 1 February].
However, Besiktas are now reported to have won the race for the 27-year-old’s signature and the Forest defender was said to be having a medical ahead of joining the Turkish giants on loan for the remainder of the campaign.
Daniel Farke at Leeds United has the ideal Worrall answer in Ethan Ampadu.
Even though Farke has demonstrated in recent weeks that he already has the ideal extra defensive option in his squad, some Leeds United supporters will be devastated to learn that they were unable to expand their choices at the center of defense.
Ethan Ampadu has stepped into the backline alongside Joe Rodon and has managed to show that he is more than capable of being the Whites’ third or fourth centre-back option, with excellent displays against the likes of Bristol City and Preston North End.
Against Preston, the Welshman won 100 per cent of his six ground duels, and three out of four of his defensive battles, all while shining with the ball at his feet as he completed 90 per cent of his 71 attempted passes
The 23-year-old may be at his best when he is deployed in midfield, but he has shown in the last month that he can fill in, in the backline, if Farke’s squad pick up a number of injuries.
Throughout the January transfer window, Farke stated that Leeds could not afford to be “naive” and run out of options.
Even though Ampadu has demonstrated that the Whites have sufficient talent to warrant automatic promotion, some supporters might be worried that by passing up Worrall, they have accomplished precisely that.