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Two positions Leeds still need to strengthen in the loan window

The Whites still have some recruitment work to do if they are to fight for promotion this season.

Leeds United made their first move of the emergency loan window earlier in the week, by agreeing a deal to sign Sunderland's Will Buckley on a 93-day deal which will take him through until January.

The addition of Buckley, who will join up with the Whites next week according to the Yorkshire Evening Post, ensures that Uwe Rosler will add some important depth and quality to his attacking options as the season gets out of its introductory stage.

For the German boss, however, there is still work to be done if Leeds are to mount a run at the play-offs between now and next summer.

Here are two more areas the club should look to strengthen in the loan window:

Centre back

Despite Rosler using Liam Cooper alongside Sol Bamba almost exclusively in recent times, there is still a feeling that the Scottish defender could be axed in place of someone else at any moment.

He and Giuseppe Bellusci are the two vying candidates to partner Bamba at the back, but neither of them are particularly grabbing the opportunity with both hands.

And with Rosler clearly not preferring to use Scott Wootton in his natural centre back position, Leeds should really be looking to bring in an extra who can challenge for a starting spot next to Bamba.

Centre midfield

Slightly further up the pitch, it seems that youngster Lewis Cook is the only indispensable central midfield player at present. At least on merit, anyway.

Luke Murphy is struggling to recover his form from last season, Tom Adeyemi's performances have cooled as of late, while the options from the bench don't offer much by way of competition for the trio.

Particularly when Leeds revert to an orthodox two-man midfield pairing, their lack of authority on games has been noticeable. If the club can make one other deal in the window, it should ideally be for an experienced player who can perform as a traditional central midfielder.

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