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Leeds United On The Move To Sign Highly Rated German Defender: Right Fit For Heckingbottom?

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Ayush Chaurasia
Sports Management Graduate. Wannabe sports manager/writer and researcher. If not found disscussing about sports, will be seen talking about movies or tv shows. Miserable rest of the times.

Leeds United had a season to forget as they finished a dismal 13th this term. They must have had high hopes when they appointed Paul Heckingbottom midseason, but he has failed to inspire his team and he will be looking towards the next season to show what he can really bring to the table.

The Peacocks will be in need of reinforcements if they want to be anywhere near the playoff spot next season. They have been found wanting in most of the departments including defence as well. To become a challenger for the playoffs spots, they will need to bring in defensive backup and it seems like they are on the move to sign Union Berlin defender Kristian Pedersen.

Pedersen has been impressive for the Bundesliga 2 outfit this season in the left back position and he has been one of their best players. He is known for his both attacking and defensive abilities and The Whites can certainly do with a player like him. 

Leeds have struggled at the back especially in the left back position as the likes of Laurens De Bock and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson have been poor throughout the season. Borthwick Jackson was brought on loan from Manchester United and one would have had high hopes for him but after few underwhelming performances, he was sent back to his parent club in January. Even their January signing De Bock has been inconsistent for most of the season and he has failed to impress in his time at Elland Road. Pedersen could be the right man to solve their left-back woes for next season.

Paul Heckingbottom’s team have been so short on left back options that they had to use Vurnon Anita, who is a defensive midfielder, in the left back position as De Bock wasn’t cutting the mustard in the team.

They have conceded 64 goals in their entire campaign and everyone will accept that it is too much for a team if they are harbouring hopes of qualifying for the playoffs.

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The manager has indicated that the team will have to go for a surgery to mount up a better challenge in the next term and it seems like they have already identified one of their targets. It will be interesting to see whether the German fullback will be able to adapt to the English game and prove himself useful at Elland Road.

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