Amid all the exciting new signings at Elland Road, Leeds United must not forget that they are still crying out for a new left-back. The club have signed nine players in this transfer window but none are capable of replacing Charlie Taylor in Thomas Christiansen’s back four.
The homegrown 23-year-old left Leeds under a cloud after refusing to play in their final game of the Championship season against Wigan Athletic, eventually joining Burnley on a free when his contract expired.
Taylor was a useful attacking outlet for Leeds on the flank
And though versatile favourite Gaetano Berardi performed excellently when filling in during Taylor’s injury enforced absence in the second half of the season, The Whites need a long-term successor and doubts persist about whether the Swiss utility man fits the bill.
Therefore, perhaps this is the perfect time for Leeds to renew their interest in Rico Henry. The Daily Mail reported last summer that The Whites were already preparing for Taylor’s departure and had identified the Walsall flyer, likened to England legend Ashley Cole, as an ideal replacement.
In the end, however, Henry moved to Championship rivals Brentford instead for a deal that could rise to £5 million, as reported by the BBC. Though his debut season was interrupted by a six-month absence following a shoulder injury, he remains one of the Football League’s most highly rated talents.
Will Rico rock up at Elland Road?
And, according to The Mirror, Hull City have made their interest known. The recently-relegated Tigers also face a tough task replacing their first-choice left-back, Andrew Robertson moving to Liverpool last week, but the report adds that they are preparing a £3.5 million bid for Henry.
Henry (L) was scouted by Manchester United and Liverpool in 2015
Brentford, however, would demand at least £5 million for their prized asset. Therefore, Leeds would have to pay big but Henry, blessed with huge potential that could see his current market valuation explode in the near future, could be an inspired investment.
Attack minded and young, he would be the perfect replacement for Taylor – though not if Hull have anything to do with it.