Leeds must consider Cameron Carter-Vickers swoop

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.

Leeds United might desperately need another centre-back.

James Chester of Aston Villa (L) attempts to shoot but has his shot blocked by Cameron Carter-Vickers of Tottenham Hotspur (C) during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between...

Gaetano Berardi's comeback for Leeds United lasted only 45 minutes last night.

The Swiss defender, who has played 111 minutes of Championship football for Leeds since August, suffered another injury in the Whites' U-23 win over Southampton.

If it's revealed that Berardi is set for another stint on the sidelines then Marcelo Bielsa must absolutely sign another centre-back, and could one Tottenham Hotspur man offer a solution?

Spurs have recalled Cameron Carter-Vickers from his loan at Wigan but, with the options Mauricio Pochettino has in central defence, the USA international won't be sticking around.


Bielsa has a personal relationship with his fellow Argentine and he must ask about bringing the 21-year-old to Leeds, who have let Conor Shaughnessy and Paudie O'Connor leave on loan.

United only have Liam Cooper and Pontus Jansson by way of recognised and reliable centre-backs. Carter-Vickers isn't a world beater, but he does have plenty of talent and Bielsa has already proven himself a dab hand at improving some young players.

Carter-Vickers has athleticism and strength in abundance, to the point where Pochettino once said he 'crushed everyone' in a training session [The Guardian]. He has the foundations of being a very good defender and maybe Bielsa could take him to the next level of his development.

Ideally, Berardi's premature end to last night was a precautionary measure, but the 29-year-old kicked the dug out on his way off the field. It doesn't look great at this admittedly early stage, but contingencies are of paramount importance and Carter-Vickers wouldn't be a bad one.

Cameron Carter-Vickers (L) of Tottenham Hotspur tries to get past Diego Perotti of A.S. Roma during their International Champions Cup (ICC) football match on July 25, 2017 at Red Bull...

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