Jake Clarke-Salter would be more important for Leeds than Helder Costa

Jake Clarke-Salter of Chelsea during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Chelsea and Nottingham Forest at Stamford Bridge on September 20, 2017 in London, England.

Leeds United reportedly want the young centre-back.

Michy Batshuayi and Jake Clarke-Salter of Chelsea FC competes during a Chelsea FC International Champions Cup training session at National Stadium on July 24, 2017 in Singapore.

The Sun reported earlier this week that Leeds United wanted Jake Clarke-Salter on a season-long loan from Chelsea.

The 21-year-old centre-back spent last season with Vitesse in the Netherlands and it seems like the Elland Road club want him in West Yorkshire next term.

United are linked to some exciting signings, and The Telegraph reported on Saturday that Helder Costa will arrive from Wolverhampton Wanderers next week.

But if the Whites nab Clarke-Salter, it could be the most important signing that Marcelo Bielsa and Victor Orta make this summer.

 

That is because as much as Leeds fans love Liam Cooper and Pontus Jansson, neither are rock-solid defenders and Bielsa badly needs at least one other centre-back. Some fans hold Cooper responsible for the goal which contributed to the team being dumped out of the Championship playoffs by Derby County.

When things were tough last season regarding numbers, Bielsa often played Kalvin Phillips, a midfielder, in central defence and although he did very well, he's much better in his natural position.

A centre-back is undeniably more important for Leeds than a winger. Although the Wolves star is brilliant, Orta is also in 'advanced talks' with Manchester City to re-sign Jack Harrison on a season-long loan [Sky Sports].

A lack of wingers isn't going to cost Bielsa's side next year, but a lack of good centre-backs might and that's why Clarke-Salter - who captained England Under-21s at Euro 2019 this summer - should be a top priority.

Jake Clarke-Salter of Vitesse during the Dutch Eredivisie match between Vitesse Arnhem and FC Groningen at Gelredome on August 12, 2018 in Arnhem, The Netherlands

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