By Liam Thomas

14th Nov, 2022 | 8:10am

Leeds United need to address dangerous defence in January transfer window - report

Leeds United need to address their dysfunctional defence in the January transfer window if they want to progress as a squad, according to The Athletic journalist Phil Hay.

It was the tale of two tapes yet again on Saturday afternoon, the Whites looked fantastic hurtling towards Tottenham’s goal but left themselves far too bare at the back.

Hay confessed that Leeds’ defence is “melting down” and leaving the situation unaddressed during the next transfer window is dangerous.

“The striker issue has not gone away, Jesse Marsch said on Friday, nor has it. The transfer window will hurtle towards Leeds United shortly and, when it creaks open, the call will be there for the club to find the hardened No 9 they chose to do without last time around,” said Hay as quoted by The Athletic.

“But what point in gazing wistfully up front when Leeds are melting down at the back? The oddity of this team is that despite perceptions, they are generating goals at a rate that clubs around them would like — and which merits a better Premier League position. Defensively, the same cannot be said. Tottenham away brought them to the World Cup break on Saturday and they enter it with dysfunction infiltrating that area of their line-up, a dangerous state to leave unaddressed.”

Spot on.

Hay is absolutely right here, there are a lot of positives to take from the Whites’ performances recently but glaring mistakes at the back are costing them.

Sorting this out in January is an absolute must, the club’s current crop of defenders just doesn’t seem to fit Jesse Marsch’s tactics or pressing style of football.

The World Cup break provides the perfect opportunity for the club to assess the market and start negotiations behind closed doors for suitable talents.

Sorting out the defence is the next step in Leeds United’s progression as a squad and something that could change their fortunes moving forward.

A number nine is definitely needed too, but right now, as Hay highlighted, goals are not the issue at Elland Road, preventing them is.

The Leeds hierarchy will hopefully have a plan in place to launch an all-out assault on the transfer market when it reopens, we don’t want another repeat of summer.

In other Leeds United news, the club have now put up a first-team player on sale as they expect top EFL sides to make a move for him in January.