Leeds United are interested in signing Chelsea defender Jake Clarke-Salter this summer, a report from The Sun has claimed.
Clarke-Salter has only ever made a handful of appearances for Chelsea after coming through the club’s academy, spending most of his time out on loan elsewhere.
That has seen the 24-year-old spend this season in the Championship with Coventry, where he has reportedly caught the attention of Leeds, among others.
But what impact could Clarke-Salter make, if he was to complete a switch to Elland Road this summer, when his current Chelsea contract expires?
Here, in order to help find out, we’ve taken a look at three qualities the 24-year-old would bring to Leeds, if he was to join the club.
Defence has been a rather significant problem for Leeds this season, with only bottom side Norwich conceding more goals in the Premier League, and Clarke-Salter could help to rectify that.
According to WhoScored, the 24-year-old has averaged 2.3 tackles, 1.2 interceptions and 2.7 clearances in the Championship for Coventry over the course of this season.
As a result, it seems clear that Clarke-Salter is a player who is able to spot an attacking threat, and is willing and capable of dealing with it, meaning his defensive reading of the game could certainly help to shore Leeds up at the back next season.
An aerial presence
One particular problem for Leeds when it comes to their defence in recent years, is the number of goals they have conceded from set-pieces.
That too is an area where Clarke-Salter may be able to help improve things, with the centre-back winning an average of 3.6 aerials duels per game for Coventry this season, as per WhoScored.
It seems therefore, that the 24-year-old is capable of dealing with the sort of balls that would be sent into the area from set-pieces, and at 188cm tall, he is taller than the vast majority of Leeds’ defensive options, meaning he could add some useful extra presence in their area.
Reliability in possession
It is not just Clarke-Salter’s defensive impact that would be useful for Leeds, but his ability on the ball as well.
Over the course of the season for Coventry, the centre back recorded a pass success rate 79.7%, highlighting that he is player who is generally a reliable option when it comes to finding a teammate.
Indeed, considering the fact that Clarke-Salter recorded that success rate while averaging 50.3 passes per game, it seems he is able to continually to find his man even when heavily involved in games, which could suit the way that Leeds play, and mean he is an option who could fit in well at Elland Road.