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Transfer Update: Manchester United starlet joins Leeds United on loan

Defender Cameron Borthwick-Jackson joins Leeds on season long loan

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In a move that had been anticipated since the weekend, Manchester United starlet Cameron Borthwick-Jackson has joined Leeds United for a season long loan. Borthwick-Jackson had been rumored to be headed to Elland Road for awhile, and it’s been rumored that he turned down a chance to go to Ajax on loan, instead preferring to stay in England and join up with Leeds.

Cameron Borthwick-Jackson is a rising star at Old Trafford, and despite the bad blood and ill-will between fans of the two clubs, it’s a good move to bring a highly touted prospect on loan. The 20 year old is an England U20 international, and made 10 appearances for the Manchester United first team in the 2015-16 season in the Premier League.

He went out on loan to Wolverhampton last year and only made seven appearances for the Black Country club. Most Wolves fans seemed to be less than impressed with his performances at the club, but considering the state of the club last season, it’s not surprising that a young player would not step in an flourish in a negative environment.

With the departure of Charlie Taylor in the summer transfer window to Burnley, Leeds have a gaping hole at left back. And while Tyler Denton is a good young prospect, he’s not ready to step in and claim the spot full time. Leeds have depth, but the two players that have been touted to fill the place on the left, Gaetano Berardi and Vurnon Anita, are both right-footed players. Berardi is a right back who had been filling in at left back last season during injury spells for Taylor, and while Anita broke into the Ajax team as a left back, he’s spent most of his career either at defensive midfield or at right back.

Cameron Borthwick-Jackson is a good move to find either a new starter at left back or at least provide cover at the position. And with the injuries over the weekend to both Berardi and Everton loanee Matthew Pennington, the backline at Leeds is looking a little thin. This loan also gives Tyler Denton the opportunity to go out on loan rather than sit on the bench as an emergency defender when he should get getting regular first team football. Borthwick-Jackson may have come from one of Leeds United’s fiercest rivals, but at the end of the day, if he helps Leeds gain promotion, then he’ll be a fine addition to the Whites.