Why Leeds need to make a move for Celtic loanee Jason Denayer this summer

Elland Road pitchside

Manchester City will reportedly not allow Celtic to re-sign Jason Denayer on loan, so Leeds United should make sure they are at the head of the queue for his signature.

Leeds United should make a move for Manchester City defender Jason Denayer in the summer, with the Premier League giants wanting to loan the defender to a Championship club, according to a report in the Daily Mail.

Denayer has spent the 2014/15 campaign on loan at Celtic, where he has impressed, and Leeds appear to be in with a good chance of signing the centre-back if they do make an approach.

Although Celtic are hoping to bring him back to Parkhead next term, City apparently want him to experience English football before putting him into their first-team and will allow him to move out on another temporary deal.

Leeds should act quickly to take advantage of this situation, as the 19-year-old looks to have everything required to be a success at Elland Road.

The Whites are one of the biggest clubs in the Championship, but Denayer will not be fazed by playing in front of their vociferous support following his experiences at Celtic.

He shouldn't struggle with the challenge presented to him at Leeds, either. Denayer has looked at ease in the Europa League this season and boasts more experience than most 19-year-olds.

It means that second-tier football should not trouble him too much and he would improve Leeds' backline immeasurably.

Denayer is capable of bringing the ball out of defence, something which Neil Redfearn has encouraged during his time in charge, while he also is robust enough to deal with the physical challenge of the Championship.

The added bonus is that he would fit into Leeds' squad well. Redfearn has created a young team and Denayer should have no trouble gelling with the core group of players at the club.

His addition would also be a statement of their intent. Massimo Cellino has expressed a desire to get the club into the Premier League within two years and Denayer represents a player of the sort of calibre that they need to be targeting if they are to do this.

The Whites may not be the most stable of clubs at the moment, but their history makes them an appealing side for any player to join and they should already be making plans to sign Denayer, if they are serious about mounting a promotion challenge next term.

The Whites may not be the most stable of clubs at the moment, but their history makes them an appealing side for any player to join and they should already be making plans to sign Denayer, if they are serious at mounting a promotion challenge next campaign. 

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