By Pranav Shahaney

6th Sep, 2022 | 7:40pm

Leeds United are reportedly unlikely to enter the market to sign a left-back on free ahead of the January transfer window.

According to the Yorkshire Evening Post’s Graham Smyth, the Whites do not operate so late in the day and if they wanted a left-back on free, they would’ve signed him in the summer itself.

It’s understood that Jesse Marsch is happy with the likes of Junio Firpo, Pascal Struijk and Leo Hjelde playing there.

He wrote, “I would be stunned if they dipped into the free agent market for any signing. It just doesn’t feel like the kind of thing Leeds do. They had quite specific plans going into the summer transfer window, for each position, and had there been someone available on a free it would have happened long before now.

“If you’re fishing in that pond it suggests something has likely gone awry and while I believe they are a little light in that position, Marsch and Orta are content with what they have at left-back, in Junior Firpo, Pascal Struijk and Leo Hjelde.

“Struijk’s start to the season in that role has threatened to change my mind but we’ll see if he can sustain it, or if Firpo comes straight back in.”


Firpo still remains the only specialist senior left-back in the team and that can be a worry at times when he’s injured.

Struijk has started the season well, but is not as effective going forward and is surely going to be caught out of position on occasion due to how demanding the role is.

Stuart Dallas is a good shout at left-back but it remains to be seen if he can adapt after he returns from his injury.

He’s never been out for so long in his career and is already on the wrong side of 30, so it’s going to be even tougher for him to recuperate.

Letting Leif Davis leave permanently was also surprising if they had not planned on signing an out-and-out left-back.

Marsch may publically be saying he believes in the options he has at his disposal because he does not want to damage their confidence but behind the scenes he could have been demanding a left-back in the summer.

In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay has made a World Cup claim as the Whites want to sign a ‘Phenomenal’ international attacker in January.