Leeds United could have a very vibrant and exciting young defence next season.
Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn has openly admitted that he’s already been working on plans at the club for next season.
There are various areas of the side he needs to look at ahead of the new campaign as he assesses where the side needs fresh players, cover and a re-shuffle to ensure the team are in a good place for promotion looking ahead to the new campaign.
Here’s what his back five could look like next season.
Marco Silvestri has a contract until the end of 2018 and there doesn’t seem to be much sense in removing him from the number one spot.
He’s got better as the season has gone on and the manager likes him, has commented on his recent reliability and the quality he provides at the back of the team.
It will be interesting to see if he can reinvent himself for next season and work on the weaknesses he has.
Redfearn is spoilt for choice in terms of the youngsters he has available to play the full-back roles in his team.
One no brainer of a decision is to start Charlie Taylor at left-back, where he has grown and excelled since Stephen Warnock left Elland Road.
On the right he has a more difficult dilemma between leaving Scott Wootton alone or bringing Sam Byram back into a defensive role, if he signs a new winger.
The benefit of bringing Byram back is that it frees Wootton up to go and play in the middle of the back four.
Giuseppe Bellusci and Liam Cooper are solid and experienced options in the back four, while it’s too early to tell if Sol Bamba’s loan deal could be made permanent once the transfer embargo on the club is lifted.
Scott Wootton could be moved into a central role where he does have experience of playing as a centre-back.
Redfearn could go out and sign a new centre back in the transfer market, but then he risks potentially having one upset youngster between Sam Byram and Scott Wootton, which would be a shame as they have both had good seasons.
Prediction: Silvestri, Byram, *new centre back, Bellusci, Taylor