Leeds in four-horse race to sign Championship defender

Leeds United squad

Leeds United and Victor Orta have a concise plan in place for their summer activity.

That’s according to the Spaniard who spoke recently about what the next few months could have in store.

He acknowledged it would be tough, and he is right too, especially with the pandemic plaguing our lives at the moment.

A lack of revenue could wreak havoc with the transfer market and it wouldn’t be a great surprise if we saw loans and free transfers being relied upon.

That’s the mantra Leeds have had to focus on in recent years because of FFP, but the shackles are now off with an estimated £200m on the cards for achieving promotion.

Orta’s plan, though, is to sign four or five players, and those who arrive are likely to be well known to an English audience.

Whether it be James McCarthy, Michy Batshuayi or Ebere Eze, talented domestic individuals are being targeted.

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Brentford are also set to be raided with Said Benrahma and Ollie Watkins catching their eye. Though, they aren’t the only Bees stars being touted with a switch to Elland Road.

In new reports, Leeds have their eyes on promising defender Rico Henry.

The 23-year-old is attracting the interest of a host of clubs in the Premier League with Brighton, West Ham and West Bromwich Albion also looking to land him.

It’s thought that Albion could move Kieran Gibbs on in the summer so they could certainly do with a new full-back. 

Henry was the subject of a transfer saga last summer and was being valued at around £7m.

Rico Henry versus Fulham

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Rather coincidentally, it was against Leeds that Henry earned his senior team debut.

Taking to the pitch aged just 16, he took part in a pre-season friendly against the Whites and was almost instantly compared to Ashley Cole by then-Walsall manager Dean Smith.

Henry was linked with clubs like Arsenal and although his career hasn’t yet taken him in the direction first thought, he’s developed well and become a consistent figure. 

Adept in the air, winning 1.9 aerial duels per match, he is also capable in advanced areas of the pitch, registering three assists in 2019/20. 

Those qualities would be useful for a Leeds side who are in desperate need of a new left-back ahead of the upcoming campaign.

Rico Henry versus Charlton Athletic

Gjanni Alioski and Barry Douglas are their sole options but neither are too convincing defensively. 

Henry, on the other hand, has immense potential. 

BBC journalist Rob Gurney stated in 2015: “If he keeps developing, listening and learning, then Rico is destined to go to the very top – Premier League, Champions League, England, the lot.

“He’s that good, in my view.”

Providing he signs, it would be up to Marcelo Bielsa to finally extract those qualities that saw him tipped for greatness. 

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