Should Leeds reignite Liam Lindsay interest this summer?

Paul Heckingbottom Leeds manager gestures during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Leeds United at iPro Stadium on February 21, 2018 in Derby, England.

Leeds United's defence frailties were exposed once again on Friday night, so adding to their options this summer is a must.

Paul Heckingbottom Leeds manager gestures during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Leeds United at iPro Stadium on February 21, 2018 in Derby, England.

With 11 games to go in the Championship this season, Leeds only need to concede one more goal to equal their tally of goals against from the entirety of the last campaign after they were thrashed 3-0 by Middlesbrough on Friday night.

It was a performance that quashed the momentum that Paul Heckingbottom's men had started to build during the opening weeks of his tenure, and would have made it abundantly clear to the new manager that he faces a huge task trying to surpass what Garry Monk's men achieved last season when they fell out of the top six in dramatic fashion in the final weeks of the campaign.

Felix Wiedwald of Leeds United during the Sky Bet Championship match between Ipswich Town and Leeds United at Portman Road on January 13, 2018 in Ipswich, England.

While still mathematically possible, the play-off places look to be too far ahead and the defeat to Tony Pulis' men makes that gap seem even greater - so Heckingbottom needs to consider turning one eye to the summer and start having discussions regarding potential targets.

With the defence hardly covering itself in glory, strengthening the options at the back is a must for Leeds, including at centre-back where the lack of depth has been exposed this season.

Liam Lindsay is one player that Leeds should look at, and it would be no surprise if he was a player that Heckingbottom suggested to Victor Orta.

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.

Heckingbottom was the Barnsley boss when Lindsay arrived at Oakwell for £350,000 last summer. And while it has been a disappointing season for the Tykes that may ultimately end in relegation from the Championship, the 22-year-old was linked by the Daily Record with a £6 million move to the Premier League with Brighton during the January transfer window - just a handful of months after signing for six-figures.

He is also a player that Leeds will be aware of. The Daily Record reported in December 2016 that the Whites were eyeing a move for the centre-back while he was with Partick Thistle, and they may now feel that it was a mistake not getting him when they had the chance. 

Lindsay would become Leeds' second-tallest centre-back behind Pontus Jansson if he did arrive, and he is particularly strong at winning challenges in the air - which, for a Leeds side that has looked vulnerable and conceded plenty of goals from set-pieces and crosses this season, would make him an extremely valuable asset. 

He would be a very expensive signing in comparison with what Leeds have spent in recent years, but the deals for Adam Forshaw and Tyler Roberts in January have shown that Andrea Radrizzani is not afraid to spend some decent money on players - so targeting Lindsay would be a real statement given how quickly his value rose in his first few months in Championship. 

Heckingbottom can bring the best out of Lindsay if they were to link up again. And with Leeds keeping just two clean sheets since the end of August against sides currently in the top-half of the table, bolstering the defensive options has to be one of the main priorities with the current campaign now threatening to fizzle out with another mid-table finish.

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