By Craig Scott

12th Jan, 2022 | 7:10pm

Leeds United and Wolves in pursuit of Portugal-born left-back Benny Couto

Leeds United are in the hunt to sign Oldham left-back Benny Couto, according to Telegraph journalist Mike McGrath.

Writing on the newspaper’s website on Wednesday, McGrath reported that the 18-year-old is on Leeds’ radar, while Wolves are also watching him.

It is understood that if Oldham sell the Portugal-born teenager this month, they would like to take him back on loan for the rest of the season.

Depth

Leeds have had a lack of options in the left-back area for what seems like an eternity now.

Junior Firpo came in during the summer but Ezgjan Alioski left, so it’s not as though the situation really improved other than we got a player from Barcelona who is an out-and-out left-back.

But when Firpo is injured, Marcelo Bielsa has had to call on Stuart Dallas and even Pascal Struijk to play at left-back when they are far better utilised in different positions.

Couto is a proper left-back and even though he’s only 18, he’s played 21 times for Oldham across all competitions this season. One of those matches was against Mark Jackson’s Under-21s side in the EFL Trophy.

In those games, the Porto-born ace scored one goal and supplying two assists.

You can see why North-West outfit Oldham would want Couto back on loan for the rest of the season as he’s a key player for them and would just be someone who’s in the Under-23s and on the verge of the first-team here at Leeds.

We could do with someone right now but with the future in mind, this might not be a bad signing.

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