Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Leeds United Still Scouting For Polish Defensive Beast: Why He Can Complete Their Squad?

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Diptanil Roy
Diptanil used to be a columnist of The 4th Official. Knows German and not afraid to use it on you.

Bartosz Salamon is a 26-year old centre back playing for the national team of Poland and is currently playing on loan at Serie A club SPAL. He was loaned out by Cagliari, his parent club.

The 26-year old was subject to transfer speculations from English Championship side Leeds United in the summer but a move for the Polish international failed to materialize. The defender chose to join SPAL instead on loan as Leeds missed out on their summer target.

Salamon came to Italy at a young age of 16 when he was signed by Brescia from Polish outfit Lech Poznan. He has been in the country for 10 years now. He also went on to sign for a number of clubs including Milan and Sampdoria.

However his spell at the San Siro failed miserably as he failed to make even one appearance for the club. His move to Cagilari saw him make 48 appearances for the club scoring two goals in the process. The 6’5 tall defender has an imposing presence in the box and is very good in the air.

Leeds United came flying off the blocks for the new season and four clean sheets in their opening games after the Bolton Wanderers match meant that Liam Cooper and new signing Pontus Jansson were doing a bang-on-the-buck job for The Whites.

However the duo could not continue playing at the heart of the defence together because of suspensions and injuries. In their absence, Leeds have started leaking goals and all of a sudden, their season is in threat of crumbling. Young Matthew Pennington on loan from Everton is still on his path to recovery leaving Leeds United in some defensive trouble.

In a recent interview, Salamon admitted to not being sure about how much longer he will continue playing Italy. Such news definitely will reignite the interest of Leeds’ board and they will hope to add the burly, physical defender to their ranks.

His addition would mean Leeds United would have four naturally playing centre-backs along with 21-year old Conor Shaughnessy, who has been converted by Thomas Christiansen from a defensve midfielder to a centre-back. The 21-yead old’s transition has been smooth and natural and his performance in the 0-0 draw against Fulham earned him great praise from fans, teammates and pundits.

With Salamon in their ranks, Leeds United would have enough experience and youth to form a backline that can add solidarity again and help them mount a title challenge.

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