Christiansen clearly rates Nikolas Ioannou so what chance a Leeds reunion?

General view inside the stadium before the game - Elland Road

Leeds United need a new left-back and Thomas Christiansen put his faith in the former Manchester United youngster last season.

Revie Stand, Elland Road. Leeds United v Accrington Stanley, League Cup 2014

Leeds United manager Thomas Christiansen has a busy summer ahead of him as he plots the transfer moves that can turn his new side from also-rans to top-six finishers.

The Whites came close under former manager Garry Monk, before a late season slump ensured they finished seventh, with another year in the second tier looming.

One position Leeds need to strengthen is left-back, with Charlie Taylor failing to sign a new contract and set to move on for a compensatory package in due course.

Although Gaetano Berardi has been in fine form, stepping from the right to the left with ease and overcoming his earlier injury problems, Christiansen will not want to be caught short in that position and a possible solution could be bringing in a player from his former club APOEL Nicosia.

Earlier this month HITC ran a piece suggesting the new Leeds boss could target his former APOEL captain Nektarios Alexandrou, but a more sensible move would be to sign the player who replaced the 33-year-old in his starting line-up.

Nikolas Ioannou started last season on the bench, however in late December he forced his skipper out of the starting XI and there was no looking back.

By the end of the campaign, Christiansen had clearly put his faith in the 21-year-old left-back, picking him for the last 11 games of the domestic season.

Gaetano Berardi of Leeds United shoots at goalGaetano Berardi may need back-up next season and Ioannou fits the bill

It was a risk at the time, given Ioannou's lack of experience and Alexandrou's position among the players, yet it paid off and he now looks set to build on his breakthrough campaign.

However, the player himself may feel he has unfinished business in England after coming through the youth ranks at Manchester United, while Christiansen's faith in the player and his apparent need for a new left-back makes a move possible.

Factor in Ioannou's ability to play at centre-back and he could be the ideal addition to a Leeds side looking for a fairy tale year.

Christiansen may have recently said the club are not currently considering moves for any of his former players, but his belief in Ioannou's ability and subsequent reward means the left-back could be at the top of the list if that thinking ultimately changes.

General view inside the stadium before the game - Elland Road

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