A lot of time could pass by before Leeds United know which division are going to be playing in next season due to the current coronavirus-enforced suspension of the Championship.
However, if the Whites are able to continue their form before the shutdown, there’s a very strong possibility that they’ll be in the Premier League by the time next season starts.
And if that does happen, Marcelo Bielsa and Victor Orta are going to need to bring in new players who can get the squad up to the standards required to survive in the top-flight.
One area that is bound to need strengthening in the next transfer window is the centre-back position.
As it stands, Gaetano Berardi’s contract expires at the end of June and Ben White’s loan spell at Elland Road will end once the season is over. That means that Liam Cooper could be left as Bielsa’s only centre-back option in the senior squad.
Middlesbrough defender Daniel Ayala is someone who has appeared on Leeds’ radar already this season and with him potentially available for free in the summer, he could be a sensible addition for the Whites when they’re able to sign new players.
Ayala, 29, has not played since New Years Day due to injury but is likely to be fit enough to return once football is, eventually, underway again.
But before his injury, Ayala had helped Middlesbrough win four matches in a row, keeping three clean sheets in the process.
The Spaniard is a good centre-back and it is no coincidence that Boro failed to win or keep a clean sheet in the 10 matches after his injury setback.
According to the Northern Echo, there’s a chance that Ayala could leave The Riverside at the end of his contract unless he agrees to take a pay cut.
This is a defender who Tony Pulis claimed is good enough to play in the Premier League and if there’s a top-flight team interested in him, there’s no doubt he’d snub a low contract offer at Boro to head elsewhere.
Even if Ayala isn’t a starter for Leeds in the Premier League, he’d still be a clever signing.
He’d be available for free, he has a lot of experience in English football and it is fair to say that Pulis knows a thing or two about defending in the Premier League.
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