The one area Leeds United need to improve in January

A new central midfielder could be vital to the Yorskhire side.

The international break is upon is which means not much is happening at the clubs up and down the country.

Which means they can start to consider where they should improve in the winter.

The January window is, like Christmas, deceptively close, so where should Leeds consider improving when the window reopens.

Many have criticised their central defenders recently. The have been error prone and certainly need to pick up their form.

They will also be a winger down when Will Buckley returns to Sunderland - although they will hope to keep him.

But the central midfield position surely needs looking at.

Leeds have plenty, but many are under-performing. Alex Mowatt is struggling this term whilst Tom Adeyemi has been adequate. Luke Murphy is not yet firing on all cylinders, Tomasso Bianchi is perpetually injured and Casper Sloth out of the manager's contention. Lewis Cook and Kalvin Phillips are good prospects, but pressure should not be placed on them, or Mowatt, to carry the team.

What Leeds need is an experienced midfield operator to lead the team from the pack. Somebody like a Rodolph Austin type. Perhaps not an exciting signing but a solid one to bring a young midfield, the oldest of which is Bianchi at 26, together and give Leeds the impetus needed to drive on in the Championship.

FIFA World Cup 2018FIFA 2018 World Cup Russia - click here for all of our coverage...

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch