Leeds United, who will be in need of reinforcements in the summer to mount a better challenge for the playoff spot next season, are being linked to the highly impressive Danish fullback Kristian Pedersen. He currently plies his trade in the German second division for Union Berlin. The left-back has been a constant feature down the left for his team and has managed 33 appearances in all competitions this season.
The Whites conceded 64 goals in the Championship last season and if the club wants to challenge for the playoff spot, they need to be better than that. Their manager has indicated that they will look at the upcoming transfer market to improve his side by bringing in new players.
Paul Heckingbottom had earlier said,” You want to make major surgery with the minimal amount of signings. If funds are unlimited you can do what you want but it’s never good to keep chopping everything apart, but I want to make big changes to the dynamic of the squad, however many we have to sign.”
He had also stressed upon how he wants his team to play better when they don’t have the ball and it is clear that he is looking to build his team from the back in preparation for next season.
The Whites have been found wanting in the left back department this season as they have used various options in that role. However, none of them have been much impressive and that is why they have gone in the transfer window looking for a new left-back.
Initially, they used Manchester United‘s Borthwick Jackson who was on loan at Elland Road. However, the youngster failed to impress in his time and he was soon replaced. They brought in Laurens De Bock in the January transfer window and he was touted to solve some of their defensive woes. However, the Belgian has found it tough to adjust to life in a new league. The situation was so dire that Heckingbottom had to deploy Vurnon Anita, a defensive midfielder, in the left-back role.
Pedersen currently has one year left on his contract and Leeds seem to be only one who are vying for his signature, so they can get him without any competition from other teams. The upcoming season will be the real test for Heckingbottom and only time will tell whether Pedersen will straightaway hit the ground running if they are able to bring him to Elland Road in the summer.