Have Leeds missed a trick by not going for Aden Flint?

Aden Flint of Bristol City celebrates scoring his sides first goal but it is later disallowed during the Carabao Cup Quarter-Final match between Bristol City and Manchester United at...

Leeds United should've been all over Aden Flint this summer.

Leeds United's Pontus Jansson at Elland Road on October 27, 2018 in Leeds, England.

Leeds United are two weeks away from the start of their Championship season and a lot of work still needs to be done.

The Whites have made some eye-catching signings in the form of Helder Costa, who has joined the club on loan from Wolves, while Jack Harrison has also re-signed for the 2019-20 campaign.

But there have also been some departures and none more notable than Pontus Jansson, who joined Brentford earlier this month.

He was a massive player for Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa last season and there's no two ways about it, United must replace him. They have already signed Ben White - again, on loan - but he hasn't kicked a ball in the Championship and you wonder whether the Elland Road club missed a trick with Aden Flint.

 

The 30-year-old has just joined Cardiff City in an initial £4 million deal [BBC Sport] and for that price, Bielsa should've been all over it.

Flint, who stands at 6'6 [Sky Sports], is a monstrous centre-back - two inches taller than the Swede - with plenty of Championship experience and, really, Leeds should be kicking themselves here.

Finding a suitable Jansson replacement will be difficult, especially when there's only two weeks before the season starts, and there is a lot of Leeds fans who will believe that Flint would've been an apt replacement.

United haven't spent any significant money on a permanent signing this summer, but Flint would've been a cracking start.

Aden Flint of Middlesbrough during the Pre-season Friendly match between Hartlepool United and Middlesbrough at Victoria Park, Hartlepool on Sunday 14th July 2019.

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