Leeds are asking for trouble if Conor Shaughnessy joins Bolton

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa arrives at Ashton Gate during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bristol City and Leeds United at Ashton Gate on August 4, 2019 in Bristol, England.

Championship title hopefuls Leeds United could reportedly allow defender Conor Shaughnessy to join League One crisis-club Bolton Wanderers.

Leeds fans show their support prior to the Sky Bet Championship Play-off semi final second leg match between Leeds United and Derby County at Elland Road on May 15, 2019 in Leeds, England.

As any Leeds United fan will tell you, the Championship is one hell of a slog.

Two games down, 44 to go; another long, hard season full of twists, turns, raucous wins and devastating defeats await a proud old club bursting at the seams for a long-awaited return to the Promised Land.

The self-styled ‘most competitive league in European football’ is hard enough to clamber out of, never mind when you have got just three senior centre-backs on their books.

 

With the English transfer window slamming shut on Thursday at 5:00pm, Leeds will have to navigate the next nine months with only Liam Cooper, Ben White and the versatile yet injury-prone Gaetano Berardi is genuine options in the middle of the defence.

We all know that the enigmatic Marcelo Bielsa prefers to work with a small, tight-knit squad. But, after discarding Pontus Jansson, Aapo Halme and Paudie O’Connor, getting rid of Conor Shaughnessy feels like a risk that just isn’t worth taking.

Conor Shaughnessy of Leeds United during the Carabao Cup First Round match between Leeds United and Port Vale at Elland Road on August 9, 2017 in Leeds, England.

A 23-year-old defender who has played just once since Bielsa took over in West Yorkshire, Leeds Live claim that Shaughnessy could follow the aforementioned trio out of Elland Road before the end of the month with League One crisis-club Bolton Wanderers interested.

Now, we are not saying that Leeds should be promoting the former Reading youngster to the starting XI any time soon but Championship titles are won not just by the quality of your first team but by your strength in depth. Norwich and Sheffield United, who finished first and second last season, will no doubt agree.

There are so many superfluous cup fixtures and daunting midweek fixtures to come and Shaughnessy would provide some much-needed cover at a club who’s lack of depth cost them dear just a few months ago. Let him go and Leeds are asking for trouble.

Kelechi Iheanacho of Leicester City is brought down by Conor Shaughnessy of Leeds United during the Carabao Cup fourth round match between Leicester City and Leeds United at The King Power...

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