By Mark Smith

13th Dec, 2020 | 1:15pm

Leeds in hunt to sign EFL left-back who's impressed scouts - report

Leeds United have joined the race to sign MK Dons defender Matthew Sorinola this season, according to TEAMtalk.

The left-back sensation has broken through into the first-team this season under Russell Martin, making 11 appearances in League One.

It is suggested that the 19-year-old has impressed a number of scouts after making checks on his progress in the senior side at MK Dons.

Five Premier League clubs are also interested alongside Leeds.

West Ham, Newcastle, West Brom, Burnley and Crystal Palace are all credited with an interest as well, with Sorinola clearly catching the eye.

Three Championship clubs are also reportedly interested, with a real transfer race hotting up for the defensive talent.

Sorinola has won 59% of his entire defensive duels this season according to WyScout and has completed 31 interceptions and 11 clearances for the Dons.

Clear problem

If there is one area that desperately needs reinforcing this season, it is that left-back spot that is causing Marcelo Bielsa many problems.

Stuart Dallas being used as the utility man at Elland Road as seen the Whites forced into playing Ezgjan Alioski deeper – somewhere he has been exposed against both Chelsea and West Ham.

Sorinola wouldn’t solve that problem immediately and would join up with the under-23s more likely than not.

The only downside to that is the progression of Niall Huggins.

Huggins has nailed down that left-back spot in the academy this season and has recently signed a new long-term deal at Elland Road.

The Welsh youngster is progressing nicely and even travelled with the senior squad to the Everton clash a matter of weeks ago.

That makes this move unlikely, and we could see Sorinola snapped up by one of our close rivals in the upcoming January window.

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