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Leeds should focus on another position despite Leonardo Pavoletti links

Leeds United may strengthen in January but surely midfield is the area most in need of some vital experience.

According to reports in Italy, Leeds United are preparing to rekindle their interest in Sassuolo striker Leonardo Pavoletti, but should Neil Redfearn instead focus on strengthening other areas of his squad in January?

Tutto Mercato claims Leeds want a player who has scored 53 goals in his club career but is yet to get off the mark this campaign having been used sparingly in Serie A, despite a fine loan spell last season.

The 26-year-old could prove to be another hit following in the footsteps of Mirco Antenucci and Marco Silvestri, but in truth Leeds do not really need additional fire-power as much as experience in the centre of midfield.

As exciting as Redfearn’s young midfield quartet of Lewis Cook, Adryan, Alex Mowatt and Tommaso Bianchi is, and despite the presence of Rudy Austin and Michael Tonge, Leeds could really do with a quality, experienced central midfielder to work alongside the club’s hugely promising young players.

Leeds have goals aplenty in Antenucci and Souleymane Doukara while Billy Sharp is also an option and Mowatt has shown he knows where the goal is.

So while more scoring options will always be welcome, Redfearn would do well to focus on an area of the pitch that could ultimately prove the difference between a top-six finish and a place among the also-rans.

It will be easier said than done signing the midfielder needed to improve an already impressive area of the Leeds squad, but Pavoletti appears a far less likely target at this stage, especially when you consider how well his countryman has started life at Elland Road.

Unless of course Redfearn signs both this hypothetical midfielder and Pavoletti; then Leeds could be an even more exciting proposition.

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