Leeds United are currently undergoing a fruitful patch in the Championship of late, having won all of their last 4 games in the league, with their latest fixture ending in a 1-2 win against Burton Albion at the Pirelli Stadium. Despite trailing by a goal at the half-time yesterday, the Whites came back stronger in the second half and a goal each from Pablo Hernandez and Kemar Roofe ensured that the visiting side had the last laugh.
Their intent to win was evident and it is quite relishing seeing Leeds United performing with a bit of consistency now under the tutelage of Thomas Christiansen. After 24 games, the Yorkshire-based club are currently placed at the 5th spot in the league table with 42 points to their name from 24 games. What is going to be important for the Peacocks from here onwards to earn a promotion to the Premier League is that they need to keep the momentum going.
Leeds United significantly beefed up their squad in January and the upcoming January transfer window would enable them to fix the loopholes and make the necessary ramifications. Recently, rumours have emerged, linking Middlesbrough’s midfielder Adam Clayton to a move back to the Elland Road. Clayton has been sporadically used by the Smoggies this season and if Clayton perceives that his situation with his current club isn’t likely to prosper in the right direction, an exit from the Riverside Stadium might actually transpire.
Clayton emerged through the youth ranks of Manchester City and he was signed initially on a loan deal by Leeds United, and his move was subsequently converted into a permanent move. He eventually moved to Huddersfield Town and then to Middlesbrough and it goes without saying that he has plenty of experience under his belt to offer. Christiansen’s side needs quality players with experience of Championship football, and someone like Clayton has the potential to offer both of these to the club.
A tough tackler with shrewd passing abilities, the 28-year-old shields the backline in a resilient fashion and reads the game in an astute manner. In 13 Championship games this season, he has made 2.5 tackles, 1.8 interceptions, 0.9 clearances and 0.5 blocks per game on an average with a healthy pass completion rate of 89.4%.
Besides, he is someone who likes to march forward at times and test the goalkeeper of the opposition as well and Leeds United could better their credentials for promotion if they manage to sign him in January.
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