By Liam Thomas

26th Dec, 2022 | 2:10pm

Leeds United can solve their biggest problem by signing Kai Wagner in January

Leeds United can solve their biggest problem position in January by signing left-back Kai Wagner from Philadelphia Union after The Athletic reported the club’s interest.

The 25-year-old is entering the prime years of his career and would provide the Whites with a cost-effective problem solver for their left-back position.

CBS journalist Ben Jacobs admitted that Wagner is “very creative and technical” and confessed that Leeds United have had an interest in the defender since 2020.

“Leeds expect a busy week in the transfer market. Talks ongoing for Philadelphia Union left-back Kai Wagner,” said the journalist on Twitter on August 14.

“25-year-old is very creative and technical. Jesse Marsch driving this one. Benfica pushing, too.”

Why Wagner you ask?

It’s been a problem position for Leeds United for far too long and the left-back spot in Marsch’s side needs to be sorted in January.

Junior Firpo simply isn’t that guy and the team can’t continue to rely on Pascal Struijk’s efforts to fill the full-back position.

Wagner is an impressive talent and is the type of modern full-back who could flourish in the English top flight, he’s equally as good moving forward as he is defending.

The German managed eight assists in the MLS this season, something that has obviously alerted Victor Orta and co to his availability.

But it’s Philadelphia Union’s impressive defensive record which is arguably his most interesting trait, his team only conceded 26 goals this season in 36 games.

So why not take a punt on Wagner? He fits the bill for what Leeds United need and he can’t be much worse than Firpo, add his likely cheap price tag and it seems like a win-win for the Whites.

In other Leeds news, Mark Lawrenson has predicted the result of Leeds’ clash with Manchester City