By Craig Scott

9th Dec, 2021 | 11:10am

Leeds United bid for Josh Tymon could lead to Stoke City sale in January

Stoke City left-back Josh Tymon is someone who Leeds United could eye in the January transfer window, according to LeedsLive.

The news outlet reports that as Tymon’s contract expires in June 2022, Stoke could be tempted to sell the Hull-born ace if Leeds launch a bid in January even though he’s recently signed a new contract.

LeedsLive adds that Tymon could push Junior Firpo for first-team minutes in Marcelo Bielsa’s squad while he also “possesses a good left-footed delivery which [Patrick] Bamford could thrive off”.

Much-needed depth

Bielsa has always liked having a small, closely-knit squad at Leeds United but the way he works his players has often left us short in certain areas.

We got away with it in the Championship as our fringe players were still among the better players in the league and Bielsa’s magnificence managed to drag us over the line in terms of promotion.

Last season, we did have injuries but we didn’t have anywhere near the crisis we’ve suffered this term.

Bielsa’s not really someone who diverts away from his ways – but he has done it in the past.

Remember last season when our defence had bigger leaks than the Titanic? Bielsa did tweak his system and tactics in order to plug those gaps and tighten up the defence.

He also rotates the squad more regularly than he used to in the Championship when his team news almost always featured zero changes and the obligatory start for Mateusz Klich.

Bielsa’s not stubborn. He has massive faith in his own techniques and why wouldn’t he? But we feel he does need to add to this squad and do so in January in order to help Leeds move away from the Premier League’s relegation zone.

Signing a new left-back to serve as back-up or direct competition for Firpo makes a lot of sense as it also helps free up Stuart Dallas to play in his stronger positions in the midfield or as a right-back.

In other Leeds United news, four stars could be ruled out of the clash against Chelsea in a major blow for the Whites.