With just a week remaining in the transfer window, the only new centre-back to arrive at Elland Road this summer is Everton starlet Matthew Pennington on a season-long loan.
And though an impressive debut at Bolton Wanderers on the opening day suggested that Leeds may have found an ingenious replacement for Kyle Bartley, the 22-year-old has not played since thanks to injury.
Therefore, Leeds manager Thomas Christiansen will be praying that Pontus Jansson and Liam Cooper come through each match and training session unscathed, such is the lack of defensive depth in his squad.
Consequently, you wonder whether Leeds will rue not acting upon their initial interest in Bristol City’s man mountain Aden Flint. The 6ft 7ins stopper is hardly the most technically gifted of players but, in terms of commitment and putting your body on the line, there are few better than the 27-year-old.
The Mirror reported in late July that Leeds contacted City over a possible transfer and were willing to offer Flint a big pay rise to convince him to end his four year stay at Ashton Gate.
Yet, the trail has grown cold in recent weeks though Leeds’ loss could certainly be Fulham’s gain. WestLondonSport claim that Slavisa Jokanovic is a big fan of the former Swindon Town powerhouse and is hoping to bring him to Craven Cottage.
Fulham, despite a slow start to the season, will be expecting to challenge Leeds for a place in the top six towards the business end of the campaign. And if Flint offers further solidity at the back for a side who have no trouble scoring goals at the other end, The Cottagers would be quite a fearsome opponent.
Leeds, if they are to add much needed depth as well as Championship experience at the back, must act fast.