By Jonty Banks

3rd Jan, 2023 | 10:10am

Max Wober can make Leeds United debut v Cardiff in FA Cup after transfer news

Leeds United signing Max Wober could make his debut in the club’s FA Cup third-round tie against Cardiff City on Sunday (8 January), according to BBC Sport.

The Austrian defender joined the Whites on a four-and-a-half-year deal on Tuesday (3 January) for an undisclosed fee. [BBC Sport]

The former RB Salzburg defender has played under Leeds manager Jesse Marsch previously and could be set for a swift debut this weekend on condition his permit is approved in time.

BBC Sport reported: “He could make his debut in Sunday’s FA Cup round three tie at Cardiff City.”

Meanwhile, the Yorkshire Post outlined there was only one potential stumbling block that would stop the Elland Road faithful from seeing their new signing in action.

The report said: “They will hope a work permit is approved in time for Wober to make an FA Cup debut at Cardiff City on Sunday.”

Early business

Leeds United have kept just five clean sheets in the 28 games Jesse Marsch has been in charge of the club, which is simply not good enough. Wober is a player the American has worked with previously, and Marsch should know how best to utilise the Austrian in his faltering back-line.

Despite Wober not being entirely comfortable at left-back, he can be utilised there, and his arrival could, in turn, see Pascal Struijk shifted to his favoured centre-half position.

A potential debut against Cardiff at the weekend is an exciting prospect for Whites fans, and seeing this transfer business wrapped up this early in the window is hopefully a sign of things to come in the next few weeks.

Despite Wober’s signing, you can’t help but feel an out-and-out left-back is still needed in this window, as well as a centre-forward. This is a promising start for Victor Orta and Marsch and a signing that will get the fans shouting from the stands in their upcoming FA Cup tie.

In other Leeds United news, a star man is ruled out of the clash v West Ham while a senior ace is a doubt.