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Leeds United Face Competition For This English Defender: Should Marsch Snap Him Up?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, The Sun mentioned that Leeds United are facing competition for Chelsea defender Jake Clarke-Salter who is currently having a solid loan spell at Coventry City. It is understood that the Whites will have to rival PSV Eindhoven to secure the services of the English talent this summer when he is set to become a free agent.

Clarke-Salter’s Impressive Form In English Football

The 24-year-old is enjoying a solid campaign at Coventry Building Society Arena as he has put in some good defensive performances for the Sky Blues over the past ten months. Clarke-Salter has been involved in 30 matches for Coventry this season across all competitions.

The English sensation has proven himself to be a solid presence on the defensive end of the pitch based on his average of 2.3 tackles, 1.2 interceptions and 2.7 clearances per 90 minutes in the EFL Championship. He has even been tidy when distributing the ball from the back after making 79.7% of his attempted passes in the English second division (stats via whoscored).

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SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 20: Jake Clarke-Salter of Birmingham City wins a header from Callum Paterson of Sheffield Wednesday during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield Wednesday and Birmingham City at Hillsborough Stadium on February 20, 2021 in Sheffield, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Should Leeds United Boss Jesse Marsch Snap Clarke-Salter Up This Summer?

Clarke-Salter is a good tackler of the ball and can chip in by making a few crucial interceptions at the back. He usually clears the danger when the opposition are on the front foot and can even make some important blocks inside his half.

The English defensive ace excels at playing his way out from the back, so he should not have any trouble settling into Leeds United head coach Jesse Marsch‘s brand of football.

If the Yorkshire giants do end up getting relegated from the Premier League, Clarke-Salter could be a good option for them in the summer. We can expect the English centre-back to enhance the depth of Marsch’s squad at Elland Road in the coming seasons. Thus, the Whites should consider snapping Clarke-Salter up during the summer transfer period.

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