According to a recent report from TWTD, Leeds United are the latest club to show an interest in Ipswich Town’s defender Luke Woolfenden. Along with them, Crystal Palace are also said to be in the mix. Premier League high flyers Sheffield United had already been linked with him in the past along with Championship outfit QPR.

The report mentions that the defender has his contract at the club until 2022 and the League One outfit have an option to extend for another year. Woolfenden has come up from Ipswich Town’s academy, and he has gone on to establish himself in the first team this campaign.

Why Leeds United need a centre back?

The 21-year-old has made 36 appearances in all competitions this season along with scoring one goal and providing two assists. Leeds United will undoubtedly need a new centre have for the upcoming season. Gaetano Berardi’s contract is set to expire in the summer. There are no indications yet that his deal would be extended.

Ben White, who has impressed for the Whites is only on a season-long loan, and it is fair to say that Brighton would undoubtedly want to have him back after his impressive displays. That would leave the Yorkshire outfit with only Liam Cooper as the senior centre back in the side. Hence, signing a defender or two is very likely going to be on the agenda of the club in the summer.

BRENTFORD, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 11: Liam Cooper of Leeds United celebrates after scoring during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Leeds United at Griffin Park on February 11, 2020, in Brentford, England. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

What is Woolfenden capable of?

Woolfenden is seen as an impressive talent, and many associated with Ipswich see him as a future England international. However, he still has a long way to go before that. But, with Premier League clubs already showing an interest in him, it showcases how highly regarded he is even though he has only played English third-tier football.

The 21-year-old stands in at 6ft3 and is a strong force in the air. He is capable of filling in at right-back so he can be seen as a versatile option. However, he is primarily a centre back. Woolfenden is also seen as a leader of sorts as he is often seen barking out orders and organising the defence like an experienced professional.

One area though where he might need to improve on is his ability to play out from the back. Leeds United under Bielsa play some of the most eye-catching brand of football, and if Woolfenden wants to make it at Elland Road or any top Premier League club, then he would need to show more composure on the ball. Nevertheless, he is a talent worth considering, but the Premier League would certainly be a big step up for Woolfenden if the Whites make it there next season.

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