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Go For It Christiansen – Capturing This Huddersfield Summer Signing Would Make Total Sense For Leeds

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Scott Malone

Why A January Move For Malone Makes Total Sense From Leeds’ Perspective

According to reports from Club Call, Leeds United might be plotting a sensational loan move for left-back Scott Malone, who plays for local rivals Huddersfield Town, in the Premier League.  

The 26-year old joined the Terriers only this past summer from Fulham, after they had clinched promotion to the English top-flight, via the playoffs, but has found himself on the fringes of the first-team at the John Smith’s Stadium. 

Malone has featured just four times for David Wagner’s side this season, only two of which have come in the Premier League, neither of which have been starts. The other two appearances have been starts in the EFL Cup. The Terriers’ boss has preferred to use Chris Lowe as his first-choice at left-back and the German has performed quite well, leaving no space for Malone in the playing XI. 

This has reportedly led to developing frustrations in the Englishman due to the severe lack of playing time and Club Call claims that he might be looking to get a fresh move in the winter transfer window in search of regular footballing action. The report states that Huddersfield’s Yorkshire rivals Leeds might look to capitalise on the situation.

The Whites were off to a belligerent start to the new campaign under the new managerial regime of Thomas Christiansen and enjoyed a spell at the top of the Championship, but a recent run of poor away results has brought the dream start to an early halt.  

Scott Malone

One of the major factors in the losses to Millwall, Cardiff City and Sheffield Wednesday has been the defensive frailties and the left-back position is a major concern for the manager. Summer signing Vurnon Anita started off well, deputising for Gaetano Berardi, who picked up an injury early into the season, but both the players have struggled of late and have been exposed by the opposition a number of times.  

Leeds brought in Manchester United left-back Cameron Borthwick-Jackson on loan, but the youngster has been frozen out of the squad after having failed to convince Christiansen of his abilities, leaving the club short on top quality options in the position.  

So, a move for Malone would be seen as very much ideal for the club, even if it would be a temporary solution. The 26-year old is someone who knows the rigours of the Championship very well, having made 158 appearances in the English second-tier in which he managed a total of 13 goals and assists. Playing for Fulham last season, the former England youth international had a strong campaign, as he scored 6 times and assisted a further 6 goals from 42 games in all competitions.  

A good dribbler and a technically strong player, the former Fulham man has the ability and the requisite experience to make a difference for Leeds in the second half of the season. And without a question, he will be a major upgrade on all the options that Christiansen has at his disposal at the moment. So, a move for Malone in January, makes total sense for the Whites, but will Huddersfield let him join their local rivals? Only time will tell.