Could Leeds United be contemplating bringing a goal-scoring centre-back to Elland Road?
Shrewsbury Town chief executive Matt Williams has told the Shropshire Star that Leeds United have enquired about 22-year-old centre-back Connor Goldson, and while Uwe Rosler’s side have a number of defensive options at their disposal there is one very big reason why a move for the youngster would make sense.
Goldson shone for the newly-promoted League One side last season, not just impressing with his defensive ability but also with his effectiveness at the opposite end of the pitch.
By the end of the campaign Goldson had scored seven goals in League Two, while also providing two assists for teammates. And when you consider the goal-scoring threat of Leeds’ current defenders, their enquiry for the talented youngster makes even more sense.
Liam Cooper played 31 games for Leeds last season but only managed one goal, while fellow centre-back Giuseppe Bellusci netted twice in 30 appearances.
Sol Bamba, who arrived on loan in January before completing his permanent move this summer, impressed week in, week out but only managed one goal in 19 games.
So that is a total of four goals spread among three Leeds centre-backs, while Goldson – albeit at a lower level – netted seven on his own.
A goal-scoring centre-back makes your side a very different proposition and in a Championship campaign where Leeds will be aiming for promotion, those additional goals could make all the difference.
For now it seems Leeds have not followed up their initial enquiry regarding Goldson, but if they did sign him, the club could have an unlikely new goal-scoring hero on their hands.