By Jonty Banks

3rd Jan, 2023 | 1:10pm

Leeds United signing Max Wober outlines defensive positions he's happy to play

Leeds United defender Max Wober has outlined the defensive positions he is capable of playing to LUTV following the confirmation of his transfer on Tuesday (January 3).

The former RB Salzburg defender penned a four-and-a-half deal at Elland Road and will look to add some much-needed depth to Jesse Marsch’s defensive line in the second half of the season.

Much has been made of Leeds’ need for a proper left-back in January, with centre-back Pascal Struijk having to fill in on the left flank this term due to the team’s lack of viable alternatives.

Speaking to LUTV, the 24-year-old explained he was happy to play three different positions – including left-back if asked to do so by Marsch.

He said: “I will play wherever the team needs me, it doesn’t matter if it is left-back, centre-back or as a number six, I’m fine with everything and will give my best.

“I’m experienced at playing as a left-back and I really like it, especially being more offensive.”

Flexibility

Although fans may want to see proof in the pudding, the news that Wober can operate at left-back comes as a huge relief.

Despite the excitement surrounding the signing, there have been murmurs that the Austrian wasn’t capable of filling in at left-back in Struijk’s stead. And although he may be better used in the heart of Leeds’ defence, his flexibility is a very useful tool for Marsch to tinker with.

The ability to play as a number six is also extremely handy if Tyler Adams were to pick up an injury, so the ex-RB Salzburg defender is certainly ticking a lot of boxes.

Having worked with Marsch previously, he will know the system and patterns of play the American likes to deploy, so hopefully, he can slide into the Leeds squad seamlessly.

The signing of Wober is a great start to the window by Marsch and Victor Orta, and hopefully just the start of a couple more fresh faces to come this month.

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