Leeds United are coming on the back of a defeat against Norwich City this weekend and they are currently languishing at the 14th place in the Championship. They will certainly need more strengthening to their squad to mount up a better challenge to qualify for the playoffs next year.
Paul Heckingbottom’s team are reportedly looking to reunite with their former loanee Kyle Bartley who played for them regularly in the 2016-17 season. Bartley made some impressive displays for the Peacocks and has since been linked with a move out of Liberty stadium. However, the latest sources from the Swans suggest that Leeds United haven’t made an inquiry about Kyle Bartley. This might come as a huge blow for their fans as they were expecting the signing of the former Arsenal player in the summer transfer window.
Bartley signed a new contract with the Swans last year only and it will keep him at the club until 2021. Paul Clement was impressed with his performance for Leeds and they decided to snap him up even though he wasn’t a regular starter for Swansea.
Bartley joined Swansea in 2012 and his stint at the Liberty Stadium has been plagued by injuries. He has made just 38 first team appearances for the club in 6 years and it was expected that this upcoming transfer window could be the time when the English defender decides to move on to another club for regular playing time. But after current reports, it looks like The Yorkshire based club are not too keen on getting Bartley. In case he doesn’t decide to join or Swansea decides to keep him, we look at three alternatives which Leeds United can go for:
Leeds have struggled at the back as they haven’t been able to keep clean sheets in most of their matches this season. Curtis Good, the Newcastle United defender is expected to leave the club at the end of the summer as his contract is running out. His time at St.James’s Park has been plagued by injuries but he could be a good addition to the Leeds United squad. He was touted as a young star in Australia before injuries hampered his career. At just 25, he can turn out to be a good signing for the Whites.
The Rangers defensive ace, who is on loan from Norwich City, can also be a good bet for Heckingbottom. Rangers will look for a squad shakeup next year to challenge Celtic in the Scottish Premiership. With his parent club unsure about recalling him, the 32-year-old could make a move to Leeds United and can bring some much-required experience to their back 4.
John O’Shea: With Sunderland going down to League One, Leeds United can pounce on the highly experienced Irish defender John O’Shea. He has experience of playing at the topmost level and a signing like him can improve the team off the field as well as on it.