By Mark Smith

22nd Dec, 2020 | 4:15pm

Dean Windass questions Leeds mainstay in PL, tips Bielsa to make 'great signing' in January

Dean Windass has claimed that Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori would be a “great signing” for Leeds United in the January window.

The former Hull and Bradford forward has questioned Liam Cooper and claimed that he is finding life tough in the Premier League.

Leeds have a number of injury problems at Elland Road, especially in defence with Cooper, Robin Koch and Gaetano Berardi all potentially ruled out.

Speaking to Football Fan Cast, Windass has claimed that the Whites need to start thinking about how they will cope with the pace against them.

“Tomori would be good,” he said. “I’m not criticising Liam Cooper, but he will find it tough. He was never the quickest anyway, and when you’re in the Premier League as a centre-back, you’ve got to be an athlete. You’ve got to be able to run.

“They need that pace at the back. You know what the Premier League is like – especially when everyone sort of plays 4-3-3 and the three up front are all lightning quick, so Tomori would be a great signing.”

TalkSPORT journalist Alex Crook reported that the Whites were keeping track of Tomori, and were interested in a loan move – but that his likely destination was Rennes.

The 23-year-old has only featured in three games this season, with two of those coming in the Carabao Cup, proving he should be available next month.

Windass’ criticism of Cooper is unfair.

The Scottish international has completed half of this season without a recognised partner, with Koch and Llorente suffering from their own injury problems.

No one in the entire Whites’ squad has averaged more interceptions or clearances per game according to WhoScored, and he also scored his first goal at Old Trafford.

Marcelo Bielsa will be considering a new defender, but it won’t be in place of his captain.

In other Leeds United news, Robin Koch delivers Instagram message on injury setback

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