Beren Cross shares update on Leeds United left-back situation ahead of January transfer window
Leeds United could move for a left-back in the January transfer window if Junior Firpo fails to step up after being backed in the summer, says Beren Cross.
The Whites were linked with a host of left-backs during the summer but ultimately didn’t make a first-team signing in that position, despite Firpo picking up an injury before the season even started.
But during a Q&A on LeedsLive [6 September] journalist Cross claimed that if the Spaniard fails to deliver before the January transfer window that Leeds could dip into the market for someone else.
“It feels like the jury has been out on Firpo since he arrived,” he said.
“Form and fitness have failed him throughout his 12 months here, but he could not have asked for more support this summer.
“The club was resolute in its backing of the left-back, but the absence of a natural back-up must mean Leeds will be tempted in January to find another if Firpo really isn’t delivering the goods by then.”
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Firpo was an exciting signing when he first signed and his attacking style suited Marcelo Bielsa’s murder-ball style, but his body hasn’t been able to cope with the Premier League so far.
He’s consistently suffered with injury problems and when he has played his form hasn’t been great, which has seen Stuart Dallas fill in on occasion.
But Jesse Marsch obviously sees something in the former Barcelona man and the hope is that he will be able to get more out of him than Bielsa did, to save the club a bit of money and make use of what they already have.
This four month period should be plenty of time for Firpo to show what he is capable of and make that left-back spot his own, and if for whatever reason he is unable to do so then it would be the right time to move on from him an bring someone else in.
January will be a crazy window after the World Cup, but Leeds will likely have their eyes open early on to move quickly if they feel it’s necessary.