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Why Leeds United should consider a move for Tyler Blackett

Burnley's Dean Marney and Manchester United's Tyler Blackett

The Manchester United defender seems surplus to requirements and Leeds United could benefit from him long-term.

Burnley's Dean Marney and Manchester United's Tyler Blackett

According to a report from the Telegraph, Manchester United are ready to sell Tyler Blackett this summer after leaving the defender out of their squad for the pre-season tour to China.

It is a swift fall from grace for a player whose breakthrough came during Louis van Gaal’s first season at Old Trafford, before he was sent out on loan to Celtic with little chance of first-team football a year on.

Theo Walcott hits a cross which is deflected off  Manchester United's Tyler Blackett to score an own goal and the first for Arsenal

Still only 22, and with just 12 months left on his contract, he could be a savvy purchase for the right club, and Leeds United would be wise to make a move even if they have not always got the best deal when doing business with their fierce rivals.

Leeds manager Garry Monk could do with additional options in the centre of defence, and with the long-term future of Charlie Taylor remaining unclear Blackett could also act as a replacement or cover as left-back.

Monk has impressed with his transfer business to date, bringing in six new players to strengthen in key positions.

Aberdeen's Adam Rooney in action with Celtic's Tyler Blackett

However Blackett would act as a much-needed utility player, someone who could ease the pressure if Taylor does leave while also being a younger, fitter option than the injury-prone Joel Ekstrand, who has been linked with a pay-as-you-play deal by the Yorkshire Evening Post.

Some Leeds fans may feel they should have done their last business with Manchester United, but this is a deal that could be perfect for all concerned.

Swansea manager Garry Monk

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