Why Leeds should move for Kieran Richardson

Aston Villa's  Kieran Richardson

Kieran Richardson is available on a free following his release from Aston Villa, and Leeds should snap him up.

Leeds United's Charlie TaylorLeeds United's Charlie Taylor is the subject of interest from numerous Premier League clubs

With the future of Charlie Taylor growing increasingly uncertain amid interest from multiple Premier league sides (The Express), Leeds United must ensure they have a ready made replacement, should the 22-year-old eventually leave Elland Road.

An ideal signing for the Yorkshire outfit would be free agent Kieran Richardson. Not only is he comfortable playing at left-back, but he is also fully accomplished in the wide attacking role, and his versatility could prove vital to Leeds in what is an extremely punishing Championship schedule.

Aston Villa's Kieran Richardson as Norwich's Alexander Tettey looks on Richardson would be a fantastic addition to the Leeds side

Richardson, 31, began his career at Manchester United as an attacking player, but was converted into a auxiliary full-back as he career went on. He would bring experience and composure to the Leeds' back-line, and has wonderful ability on the ball - something that Garry Monk looks for in defenders.

He also has terrific technique, and possesses one of the most dangerous deliveries in the game. With Richardson's penchant for getting forward and providing support to the wingers on the over-lap, he would be able to contribute to the attacking side of the game as well as the defensive.

Swansea City Manager Garry MonkLeeds Manager Garry Monk needs to add experience and depth to his squad

With Monk looking to build a squad capable of a serious promotion push, Richardson would be the ideal acquisition, and should a move come to fruition, his signing would act as a statement of intent. 

While Richardson's wage demands are likely to be fairly substantial, the lack of any transfer fee should enable Leeds to produce a financial package worthy of tempting the former Villa man into a move to Elland Road.

He would certainly improve Garry Monk's options at both ends of the pitch.

Aston Villa's Kieran Richardson Kieran Richardson is available on a free transfer following his release from Aston Villa

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