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Ranking Leeds United's defenders: Who's top of the pecking order?

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Leeds United have some good defensive options centrally and at full-back.

Leeds United need their back four to be very consistent over the course of the next year if they are going to have any chance of building on the league positions of the last couple of seasons.

Leeds will have an aspiration to finish in and around the top six by the end of the season and for the club to achieve that they need the defence to perform well, allowing the side to consolidate in the top half of the table over the opening months.

We’ve attempted to rank the team’s current defenders based on their importance to the first team.

Centre-backs: Bamba, Bellusci, Cooper, Killock

Full-backs: Byram, Taylor, Berardi, Wootton

The centre-backs

The first issue for Rosler is finding a settled centre-back pairing he can rely on to hold the back four together under pressure during difficult Championship games.

Sol Bamba could be named as official captain for the new season, with Giuseppe Bellusci and Liam Cooper rotating in the other position next to him centrally.

It’s then a case of cover coming in whether that’s Ross Killock or Rosler asking another player in the squad to adapt and play out of position to do a job for the side.

The full-backs

It will be interesting to see whether Sam Byram and Charlie Taylor are given the chance to settle in full-back roles, after playing as wingers under old manager Neil Redfearn.

They may initially have no choice but to continue in advanced positions because there is a real need for genuine width and fresh wingers to come into the squad, before the close of the transfer window.

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