Leeds boss Thomas Christiansen comments on transfer links with Scott Malone

A general view of Elland Road Stadium prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Brighton & Hove Albion at Elland Road on October 17, 2015 in Leeds, England.

The Leeds United manager appeared to rule out a move for the Huddersfield Town left-back.

Thomas Christiansen manager of Leeds United looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Leeds United at City Ground on August 26, 2017 in Nottingham,...

Leeds United manager Thomas Christiansen has been speaking to BBC Radio Leeds about the recent report linking the Whites with a loan move for Scott Malone.

It had been reported by Club Call that Leeds were interested in a January swoop for the 26-year-old left-back, despite already having Gaetano Berardi, Vurnon Anita and loanee Cameron Borthwick-Jackson on their books, yet it seems Christiansen has no intention of strengthening that area of the field; at least for now.

A general view of Elland Road Stadium prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Brighton & Hove Albion at Elland Road on October 17, 2015 in Leeds, England.

Speaking to Adam Pope on Thursday afternoon, the Leeds boss said, "The players I have are the best and I don't for the moment need anyone else."

It was clearly a vote of confidence for the squad Christiansen and Leeds' director of football Victor Orta impressively built over the summer, but questions do remain about their left-sided options, with fan favourite Berardi struggling in recent weeks and Borthwick-Jackson quickly slipping out of contention.

Malone would have been a smart addition, yet the fact that Leeds cannot do anything until January means Christiansen is right to distance himself from the rumour.

Scott Malone of Fulham and Hadi Sacko of Leeds United in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Leeds United at Craven Cottage on March 7, 2017 in London, England.

For now he has to focus on the players already at his disposal, motivating them to perform as they were at the start of the campaign when Leeds were flying high.

If he can do that, Leeds should put their recent disappointments behind them and move back into the automatic promotion places in the weeks ahead.

 

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