Date: 3rd September 2017 at 6:18pm
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OPINION

Thomas Christiansen still requires cover at the heart of his Leeds defence after failing to bring a new centre-back to Elland Road before the end of the summer transfer window.

An ankle injury sustained by Matthew Pennington, a summer signing on a season-long loan from Everton, has left Leeds lacking cover at the back in their hunt for Championship promotion.

With Luke Ayling starring in his right-back role and youngster Conor Shaughnessy still unproven at first-team level and in the Championship, a new centre-back should be signed to compete with Pontus Jansson and Liam Cooper.

However, the Spanish manager will have to look to the free agent market if he is to improve his side, with 60-time Poland international Marcin Wasilewski likely to be at the top of Christiansen’s shortlist.

Although 37 years of age, the defensive powerhouse would be an excellent addition to the Leeds defence on a short-term basis as he suits the physical style of the Championship to aplomb.

Sky Sports claim that Wasilewski would be “an experienced addition for a Sky Bet Championship club” and his knowledge at the back would give the Whites the know how needed in their aim to return to the Premier League.

A Premier League champion during 2015-16, Wasilewski was first reserve to the combative partnership of Robert Huth and Wes Morgan as the Foxes defied the odds to hold aloft the league trophy.

Wasilewski, who was released by Leicester this summer, has huge experience with Belgian champions Anderlecht as well as promotion experience from the Championship with Leicester in 2013-14.

On the lookout for a new club, adding Wasilewski to his options at the back would prove pivotal in Christiansen’s aim of ending Leeds fans wait of a Premier League return for the first time since 2004.