By Anthony Onifade

19th Jan, 2023 | 5:40pm

Leeds United tour Diogo Monteiro around Thorp Arch, exciting new chapter for defence

It seems as if a new and exciting new chapter in the Leeds United defence is dawning at Elland Raod, as the Whites look set to seal the signing of young Servette defender Diogo Monteiro.

According to Swiss newspaper Tribune de Geneve [17 January], the 17-year-old, who turns 18 at the end of the month, and his father jetted into the UK to discuss a potential move and check out the Thorp Arch facilities, as he is out of contract Geneva-based Servette in the summer.

Leeds have been busy in the January window so far, spending in the region of £50m for the signings of Maximilian Wober from Red Bull Salzburg and Georginio Rutter, as Jesse Marsch looks to revitalise his squad with some fresh and emerging talents.

According to The Athletic [18 January], the Whites have identified the defender as part of their exciting “anticipating talent” recruitment programme.

Monteiro is reportedly seen as a major defensive talent in Switzerland, and as a result of his talents and potential has already broken into the Servette first team, making seven senior appearances.

The defender, of Portuguese descent, has previously been capped by Portugal at youth level and is currently building a unique reputation as an excellent ball-playing centre-back, with great technique and raw physical attributes.

It is evidently clear the Whites are building towards a sustainable and bright future, following the signings Marsch has made during his tenure.

The acquisitions of Tyler Adams, Wilfried Gnonto, Brendan Aaronson, Rasmus Kristensen and Wober and Rutter point to a change in direction from the club board and director of football Victor Orta.

While their attack is seeing much change and refreshing, the defence could do with the same outlook, and the signing of Monteiro could well be the beginning of the end for the likes of Liam Cooper, Luke Ayling, Diego Llorente and even Junior Firpo.

And Marsch already possesses the stunning defensive foundation to build upon, with Pascal Struijk, Maximilian Wober, Robin Koch, academy product Leo Hjelde, Cody Drameh and the addition of Monteiro already pointing towards a bright future at Thorp Arch.

While the old guard may not leave Elland Road instantly, with much of their experience and leadership strongly required in Marsch’s squad, the Leeds United faithful may well be ready to see them gradually phased out of the first team picture as time goes on. It’s the unfortunate circle of life and football.

In other Leeds United news, a group of senior players have gone to the club board to express concerns about Jesse Marsch’s leadership.