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Leeds United need to reignite Gretar Steinsson’s interest in 20-y/o gem who wowed Rio Ferdinand – View

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Leeds United may be looking at signing a new centre-back in the new year, with Charlie Cresswell’s future up in the air, and the club could turn to Young Boys’ centre-back Aurele Amenda again.

The Whites did very well to conduct the vast majority of the incoming business they needed to in the summer, signing for key positions and leaving very little to do for January.

However, there are going to be positions that Daniel Farke deems somewhat lacking in depth, especially if some players leave after a lack of game time this term.

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Joe Rodon and Pascal Struijk have formed one of the best defensive partnerships in the league this season after the former’s arrival on loan from Tottenham.

Waiting patiently for rare opportunities behind both are Liam Cooper and Charlie Cresswell, with the latter a distinct fourth choice that Farke doesn’t seem keen on thrusting into Championship action at the moment, despite doing well at Millwall last term.

It could see the centre-back justifiably push for a move in the January window that leaves Leeds short in the right-sided centre-back department, given Ethan Ampadu and Luke Ayling would be our only cover – neither of which ideal to move into the centre-back slot.

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League-winners

Automatic promotion

Automatic promotion

3rd-6th

3rd-6th

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Outside the playoffs

Could Leeds go for Aurele Amenda?

Back in the summer window, a centre-back linked with the club was Young Boys’ youngster Aurele Amenda – per Mail Plus – as it was claimed that Leeds’ technical director Gretar Steinsson had been keeping a watchful eye on the 20-year-old.

The Switzerland under-21 international has started to make a name for himself for Young Boys as a very talented ball-playing centre-back, combined with impressive physical presence at nearly 6ft4int too.

He’s been aiming to impress in the Champions League this season, where his side battled hard but lost 3-0 to Manchester City at the Etihad – in the process catching the eye of Rio Ferdinand:

Game recognises game, and while Ferdinand is not a popular figure amongst Leeds fans, Amenda catching his eye says a lot about the talent here.

How much Amenda would end up costing in the January window is another question, but Steinsson will surely be keeping tabs of his development.

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