Leeds United have secured the loan signing of Danny Pugh from Stoke City and expect to make the deal permanent in the January transfer window. Pugh who's first spell at the club saw Alan Smith go to Manchester United in part exchange returns to Elland Road five years after departing for pastures new. Pugh was Kevin Blackwell's first signing for the club at the start of United's first season in the Championship following relegation from the top flight. The Stockport born utility man made 57 appearances for United in a two year spell for the club in which he notched 6 goals.
Since leaving United in 2006 Pugh has amassed a lot of Premier League and Championship experience with Preston North End and Stoke City with whom the former Manchester United trainee won promotion to the promised land where they still remain today. Simon Grayson told the clubs official website, "He's a versatile and experienced player, who has played in the Premier League and Europa League. He also knows the Championship well and he knows the club very well. Two or three other clubs were in for him, but he jumped at the chance to come here."
Whether Grayson sees Pugh slotting into his defence or midfield remains to be seen but I think White and Pugh can work well together down United's left hand side. Having two defensive minded players down the left hand side should offer more protection and of course both players can get forward so they should work well together as a unit if given the chance. Pugh may go straight into Simon Grayson's squad for tomorrow nights trip to Brighton.