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Leeds United: Phil Hay urges Orta to make obvious improvement

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Phil Hay believes that it would be stupid for Leeds United to not sign a new left-back.

As it stands, the only option Jesse Marsch has at left back is Leif Davis who’s yet to make his full Premier League debut after Junior Firpo picked up a long-term injury during pre-season.

However, when Leeds took on Brisbane Roar on Thursday, Davis was not afforded a start by Jesse Marsch, instead, natural winger Daniel James was favoured in the defensive position, which should raise a lot of questions and get alarm bells ringing over Davis’ ability.

Given Marsch’s lack of faith in Davis and Firpo’s injury, Hay has been speaking on the latest episode of The Phil Hay Show about Leeds’ need to sign a new left-back.

Will Leeds sign a new left back?





 (28:34) “The common sense streak in you would say it would be daft and risky not to cover this position because if already the state of play is we don’t have somebody obvious to play on the left side of defence.

“If already we’re thinking about possibly using Struijk out there or Harrison, who for what it’s worth I kind of think Harrison could actually be quite good there, but it would mean remodelling him.”

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It really is a problem area for Leeds who brought in Firpo last summer from Barcelona for a total of £13 million, however, he was only afforded 19 league starts last season because of form and injuries, but Marsch may now want to bring in his own man.

Obviously, when fully fit, Stuart Dallas is someone who has and still can operate in the left back position, however, he is recovering from a very long-term injury, so bringing in someone new, even potentially just on loan, could be the best option for Leeds.

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  • wilks says:

    Any decent team hoping to rise higher than a relegation dogfight would prioritise a strong solid defence capable of breaking down attacks in order to give their own team an opportunity to score goals.
    Imo Bielsa had his own play tactics often coming from fast attacking style of play affording less reliance on a solid defence. We enjoyed games where Leeds flowed well and dominated play but last season, the lack of squad depth and lack of ‘fortress Leeds’ displyed our achilies heel.
    We have 6 new players, but lost 2 of our best, several injuries still, and even Gyabi was not brought in specifically for the first team. So really only 3 new first team after replacing 2 sold. Dallas, Firpo long term injuries. Leaving just 1 more player than before. Cooper and Bamford also looking fragile too.
    Please get a new left back – another striker and a competent player able to play anywhere. Then we will have the skeleton to build on provided no new injuries.

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