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Morning Leeds-in for 5 August: Bielsa: Another option for central defence ‘would be good’

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Marcelo Bielsa spoke of his options at central defence, saying that while he has six players that can play the role, he thought that another option would be good to add.

Bielsa said of his options at central defence, that:

Berardi, Jansson, Cooper, Shaughnessy, Ayling. We have these players.

Even if we have just Cooper and Jansson as centre-backs, Shaughnessy is a defensive midfielder but he can play as a centre-back too and Berardi is a full-back but he can play also as a central back. Kalvin Phillips also can play as a central back. Ayling has already played as a centre-back.

But if we could add another option in the central defence it would be good too.

It’s interesting to see that Laurens De Bock, who played at central defence in preseason, was not mentioned for the role.

It’s not rocket science to see that Leeds are in dire need of another central defender, and no, Matthew Pennington should not be loaned from Everton again. Perhaps it’s all a negotiating tactic.

On to the links.

Leeds United Links

A preview of the defence for Leeds. [Through It All Together]

A preview of the goalkeeping at Leeds. [Through It All Together]

England and English Football Links

Sunderland won their first match in League One over Charlton Athletic. [Roker Report]

Bolton Wanderers beat West Bromwich Albion 2-1 at home. [Lion of Vienna Suite]

Swansea City came from behind to beat Sheffield United 2-1 at Bramall Lane. [Sky Sports]

Wigan Athletic made a triumphant return to the Championship, beating Sheffield Wednesday 3-2. [Sky Sports]

World Football Links

In the International Champions Cup, AC Milan beat Barcelona in California on a stoppage time goal from Andre Silva. [AC Milan Offside]

PSG beat Monaco in the French Super Cup. [BBC.com]

In another ICC match, Real Madrid beat Juventus 3-1. [Managing Madrid]