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Leeds United shouldn't sign defender until January

Tom Clarke of Preston North End tackles Britt Assombalonga of Nottingham Forest during the Sky Bet Championship match between Preston North End and Nottingham Forest at Deepdale on April 1,...

Leeds United should stick to what they have in central defence for now, before looking at Tom Clarke in January.

General view of Elland Road before the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road on February 25, 2017 in Leeds, England.

With the resurgence of Liam Cooper and the emergence of Conor Shaughnessy, you could argue that Leeds United are well stocked in regards to centre-back options.

Head coach Thomas Christiansen already has Matthew Pennington and Pontus Jansson at his disposal and those four should be enough to see Leeds through until January at least.

But they should look to bolster their options in the winter transfer window and if Tom Clarke is as solid for Preston North End after his lengthy layoff as he was before it then the 29-year-old would be an excellent addition at Elland Road.

Tom Clarke of Preston North End tackles Britt Assombalonga of Nottingham Forest during the Sky Bet Championship match between Preston North End and Nottingham Forest at Deepdale on April 1,...

Clarke is not expected to return from an achilles injury until later this year, according to The Lancashire Evening Post, and if he rediscovers the same form he showed last season then Clarke would surely help the Whites' promotion cause, if that remains realistic by then.

Of course, signing him could be difficult if Preston are also in the running, but the former Huddersfield man will only have 18 months to go on his contract by January and a good offer could tempt the Lancashire outfit if Alex Neil's men aren't in the mix for promotion.

Leeds should have enough at centre-back until the next transfer window. Jansson is a class act and should be as dominant as he was last season; Shaughnessy, at 21, looks a very promising prospect; Cooper has, so far, looked a better player than he was last season and Pennington also looks a fine acquisition, following his loan move from Everton.

General view of Elland Road before the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road on February 25, 2017 in Leeds, England.

United look relatively solid at the moment without a new centre-back coming in, with Christiansen's side only conceding twice in four Championship games - Preston and Cardiff, with one apiece, are the only sides to ship less goals so far.

The Elland Road club still have flaws in the squad, but centre-back isn't one of them at the moment and Leeds' hierarchy should focus on strengthening other areas of the squad first.

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