Leeds plotting Michael Rose transfer

Michael Rose

Leeds United are plotting a summer move for Michael Rose.

That's according to Football Insider who suggest the Coventry stalwart could be on the way out of the Midlands once the transfer window opens.

The Whites are in need of defensive reinforcements this summer with Ben White's loan spell coming to an end and Gaetano Berardi out of contract, and it appears as though Rose has been identified as their successor. 

The outlet suggests that Leeds are keeping tabs on the 24-year-old with a view to bringing him to Elland Road just a year after he joined Coventry.

However, with just 12 months remaining on his current deal with the Sky Blues, he could leave for a cut-price deal with Mark Robins' men facing a battle to keep him.

In recent weeks, both Daniel Ayala and Juan Foyth have been revealed as defensive targets. However, Rose doesn't possess the top-level experience that either of those players do.

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The thought of Ben White leaving this summer will likely scare a host of Leeds supporters.

After all, the Brighton centre-back has been a pillar of solidity for the Yorkshire outfit, earning shouts that he's already better than Manchester City's John Stones.

There are certainly comparisons to be made, especially in terms of their ball-playing ability, but there's one area where Rose, who was once hailed an "outstanding player" in Scotland, is actually better than White - aerial duels.

So far this season, the Coventry defender has won an imperious 4.1 aerial battles per game, but White is only sitting on 2.8 in comparison.

The Leeds loanee's tally is by no means small but he has won 23 fewer duels in the air compared to the Yorkshire outfit's new transfer target.

This bodes well for the Whites who have sometimes struggled when defending set-pieces and balls into the box. Perhaps Rose could help Marcelo Bielsa's men clean up their act in that regard.

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