Leeds United need a new right-back.
With the departures of Luke Ayling and Djed Spence this month, the Whites have already lost two alternatives in that area. Leeds is severely lacking in that area as a result, although there is still time to add more players in January.
Phil Hay has been talking about Leeds’ pursuit of a new right-back on The Square Ball Podcast. He has also talked about the team’s interest in Neoco Williams.
Hay claims that Leeds genuinely like Williams, but Nottingham Forest isn’t planning on allowing the Welshman leave since Nuno Espirito Santo is reportedly a huge fan of the player.
Williams not available this month
Hay shared what he knows about Williams.
“My impression was that they would be active on full-backs this month, I mentioned Neco Williams on Monday as someone they really do like, but all the indications from Forest are that Nuno who has just come in for Steve Cooper also really likes him, and is not interested in letting him go,” Hay said.
Wait and see
Nottingham Forest are currently briefing that Williams isn’t available, but we wouldn’t be too shocked if this stance changed towards the end of the transfer window.
Indeed, once Serge Aurier is back available for selection, Williams may well end up being Forest’s third-choice right-back, and if that is the case, he could be available if Leeds do send a decent offer over.
Williams is certainly a talented player, and he’s been promoted from the Championship before with Fulham back in the 2021/22 season.
Leeds do need to have other options in mind just in case Forest do stick by their stance that Williams isn’t for sale, but we wouldn’t be at all shocked if the former Liverpool man did come onto the market at some point towards the end of the month.