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Amid Warnock uncertainty, could Leeds consider ex-Spurs free agent?

Should Leeds consider Reto Ziegler?

Amid uncertainty over Stephen Warnock's situation at Leeds, could the club look to a younger alternative as cover?

Reports emerged in The Sun on Monday alleging that the 32-year-old had submitted a complaint to the PFA over the club owner Massimo Cellino being involved in his recent omission from the side.

SkySports reported 24 hours later that Warnock has not done so, but is 'frustrated by a recent lack of action.'

The defender has only been dropped for the last two games, for those he has been on the bench, so whether the club take kindly to such a fuss being kicked up over what should be a routine team selection decision, remains to be seen.

If Warnock does cop the blame, and Leeds look at alternatives, there is a potentially shrewd addition they could make to the side immediately.

Former Tottenham Hotspur left-back Reto Ziegler is a free agent after being released by Juventus in the summer, and is currently in the process of finding a club.

It was reported yesterday in Italy, that German club Eintracht Frankfurt have made him an offer, although the player's mind is yet undecided.

Ziegler is 28, and has plenty of experience in Italian football, playing for Sampdoria, Juventus and Sassuolo, and so should be well known to sporting director Nicola Salerno and owner Massimo Cellino.

Should the Warnock situation take a turn for the worst; and it is conceivable The Sun could further twist the knife by sticking to their story and adding further details into the mix, it could leave Leeds in an odd situation.

If required to make a sudden addition to the squad, even just until January, Ziegler, a Swiss international of 35 caps and four years younger than the ex-Villa man, would be a smart short-term option. 

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