Leeds United should definitely make a move for this out-of-favour Premier League defender

Carl Jenkinson (right)

Leeds United should definitely make the move for Carl Jenkinson

After making a superb start to their season under Marcelo Bielsa, Leeds United are now finding it hard to come away with the wins. The Peacocks have otherwise been superb this campaign and are definitely one of the favourites to lift the title at the end of the season.

But the club are currently going through an injury crisis at right-back. They recently confirmed Luke Ayling has suffered a medial collateral ligament damage and will be out for at least two months. (Leeds United)

Ayling has been an influential figure for Marcelo Bielsa’s and has played a total of 14 games, scoring 1 goal in that time. The manager will definitely need to dive into the market and find a replacement for one of his best performers.

Leeds should consider signing out-of-favour Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson. Though he may not be the most appealing of names or a like-for-like replacement for Ayling, the Arsenal right-back is more than capable of getting the job done.

After being sent out on loan to West Ham United and Birmingham City over the last few seasons, Jenkinson has now failed to make a single appearance in the Premier League under new manager Unai Emery. The former PSG manager possesses enough options at right-back with both Hector Bellerin and Stefan Lichsteiner vying for starting berths.

Jenkinson is a neat and tidy defender who would fit Bielsa’s philosophy. He should go straight into the right side of the 4-1-4-1 formation since he possesses decent pace and tidy feet when in possession.

Carl Jenkinson

He may not be as energetic as Ayling while going forward but the 26-year-old certainly possesses the experience to fulfil his defensive duties. The Peacocks have also been conceding a lot over the last few weeks and could use a more defensive-minded full-back.

The Arsenal defender is not too rash with challenges and goes for them only when he is absolutely sure. He is great with his tackling as well.

Read more: Why Leeds signing Bielsa’s former protege would surely be a step in the right direction

Marcelo Bielsa should definitely make a move for Carl Jenkinson. He may not be a defender in demand on in form but he is certainly more than qualified to put in a good shift. The full-back can also offer cover when Ayling returns from injury and could prove to be a useful squad member in the long term.

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