Leeds United had a relatively good winter transfer window deadline day, finally strengthening the attack with the capture of West Brom’s Tyler Roberts, and holding on to backup goalie Andy Lonergan.
However, despite injuries to Matthew Pennington and Conor Shaughnessy leaving the defence thin, a crucial centre-back additional wasn’t made.
It has emerged that Leeds were keen on making a late loan move to bring Manchester City’s Tosin Adarabioyo to Elland Road before Wednesday’s ultimatum elapsed.
The Premier League runaway table leaders put the 20-year-old up for loan having already secured the £57million signing of French centre-back Aymeric Laporte.
However, nothing concrete was forthcoming from suitors, and by the time Leeds approached, a deal was impossible as Adarabioyo had been included in the matchday squad to face West Brom.
While the youngster, who currently earns £25,000 per week, wouldn’t have been a starting XI signing for Leeds, he would have at least been a perfect backup signing.
With Pennington set to return to action by weekend, and Gaeteno Berardi’s ability to play in the heart of the defence, missing out on the Manchester City starlet can’t be considered a big blow.