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The 2 areas of Jesse Marsch’s Leeds United squad that simply have to be addressed next month

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Leeds United still have some work to do as we approach the final week before the start of the Premier League season.

The base of the midfield has been addressed under Jesse Marsch as he looks to have replaced Kalvin Phillips, while he has found a similar livewire to cope with the loss of Raphinha – in the shape of Luis Sinisterra.

There are other very smart signings that have been made too, ensuring that other parts of his squad are not looking as alarmingly light as they have done since promotion.

The Leeds chief has more work to do to ensure he is well covered in all parts of his team, and here, we look at the two main areas he needs to focus on…

Striker

The most obvious place that Marsch needs to look at is his strike force.

Patrick Bamford, Joe Gelhardt, Rodrigo, and Sam Greenwood gives you a good indication of the variety of striker that Leeds have, but there is not enough consistent quality to take Leeds forward next season.

In Bamford and Gelhardt, Leeds have more ‘traditional’ number nines that will play through the middle, and in Rodrigo and Greenwood, we have two that can perform in different roles both out wide and from deeper in attacking midfield.

The player that we sign is more likely to fall into the latter category of forward for us and, given the links to Charles De Ketelaere and Arnaud Kalimuendo, it shows that the club would prefer someone who is just as much a creator as they are a goalscorer.

After losing Raphinha, we’re still to really replace the goals he scored to help keep us up, and that ought to be the priority.

Left-back

The other position that is dangerously thin at the moment is the left-back slot, with no recognised options currently available for the opening game against Wolves.

Junior Firpo is expected to be out for at least August as he nurses a pre-season knock, while the only other left-back at the club, Leif Davis, was sold to Ipswich Town this week.

It leaves Marsch with the experimental options of Pascal Struijk and Jack Harrison, both of whom would be badly wasted stuck at left-back.

It has been reported that the club are chasing a left-back actively now, and given that the season is not far away and there is no one to technically play there outside of the square peg solutions, it’s something that needs to be resolved as soon as possible.

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