Arsenal's Rob Holding
Arsenal signed Rob Holding from Bolton Wanderers for a fee believed to be in the region of £2 million last month, and the 20-year-old has been thrown straight into the firing line after injuries to Per Mertesacker and Gabriel.
With England's top flight being one of the most intense leagues in the world, the jump up from Championship football with Bolton could come a little too early for Holding.
Rob Holding in action for Arsenal
Arsene Wenger should consider allowing him to leave on loan to gain regular first-team football in more familiar surroundings.
Arsenal's other young centre-back Calum Chambers only started two Premier League games last term, and he was ruthlessly exposed when thrown in to the line-up, partially due to a lack of match practice.
The former Southampton man would surely have learnt far more by being sent out on loan last year by gaining the experience of playing regularly.
Positional sense is a key attribute for top level defenders, and is something that can only really be learned from playing regularly and learning from any mistakes that are made.
Leeds are a side who desperately need defensive reinforcements and should consider a move for Holding.
The Elland Road outfit have already shipped six goals in three Championship outings and sit 20th in the table after a challenging start to Garry Monk's reign.
Holding has experience of playing in England's second tier with Bolton, making 26 league appearances last term, and could prove to be a real asset from the Yorkshire outfit.
He is calm and composed when in possession and his impressive technique enables him to distribute the football precisely and efficiently. His playing style is perfectly suited to playing under Monk, who is renowned for his philosophy of passing out from the back.
If Arsenal want Holding to develop into the player that Arsene Wenger clearly feels he is capable of, they should seriously consider sending him out on loan, and a move to Leeds would be the ideal learning curve for the youngster.
Much will depend on whether the Gunners manage to bring in a more experienced centre-back, which seems to be looking increasingly less likely, with the Independent reporting that Valencia are not even in discussions with Arsenal over the potential signing of Shkodran Mustafi.
If they fail to bring in a top-class defender, both Arsenal and Holding could be in for a long season.
Arsenal's Rob Holding would be a fantastic loan signing for Leeds