Christiansen - Pennington update key to pursuing new Leeds United centre-back

WAITING GAME: Over Leeds United's Everton loanee Matthew Pennington, right.
WAITING GAME: Over Leeds United's Everton loanee Matthew Pennington, right.
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Thomas Christiansen says the decision over whether to sign another centre-back will be influenced by the extent of Everton loanee Matthew Pennington’s injury.

Pennington limped off with an ankle problem during the opening weekend 3-2 success at Bolton Wanderers and United are still waiting to learn the extent of the damage.

Whites head coach Christiansen says the return of both Pennington and right back Gaetano Beraardi from his dislocated shoulder will “take time” but revealed the club will wait for updates on Pennington’s situation before committing to sign another centre-back.

United only have three natural first team centre-backs in Pennington, Pontus Jansson and Liam Cooper though right back Luke Ayling and midfielder Conor Shaughnessy have also featured in the position in United’s last few games, including in pre-season.

New Manchester United loanee Cameron Borthwick-Jackson – who is naturally a left back – has also said he has happy to play at centre-back.

Asked if he expected any more defensive recruits before the closure of the summer transfer window, Christian said: “We will see.

“We will see also when we know the exact situation of Matthew Pennington, we will take our decisions what to do.

“But the ones that I have are the best now and I give them all my best support.”

From an attacking perspective, Leeds are thought to be interested in signing Hamburg striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga.

The 25-year-old former Germany under-21 international has been on United’s radar throughout the transfer window and Leeds are thought to be competing to bring the forward to England after Hamburg declared him surplus to requirements.

Asked if he was happy with the current squad or whether he would like to see more additions before the window closes, Christian replied simply: “I am happy.”