It seems Simon Grayson has solved Leeds United’s left-back crisis with a deal agreed “in principle” for the season-long loan of Glasgow Celtic’s Darren O’Dea. 

Many Whites fans have been desperate for Grayson to bring in another left-back before the start of the new season despite having three players capable of playing there.

Federico Bessone arrived last season but did little to impress Leeds United fans and looks unlikely to be offered much first team action now, despite words of reassurance from Simon Grayson earlier in the transfer window.

Aidy White has also highlighted the position as one he can make his own, despite being regarded by most fans as more of a winger than a full-back.

Darren O’Dea’s main competition is likely to come from Ben Parker who showed great promise when he first burst onto the scene but has been blighted by continuous injury problems ever since. Our young winger is so fragile that I’d be insisting he avoids speed bumps and maintains a steady 20mph speed on the way too and from training, just in case any sudden movement leaves him with s season-ending injury.

O’Dea has made 49 appearances for Celtic and over a hundred in total with loan spells at Reading and Ipswich Town. A medical and paperwork remain before the deal is officially completed, but it looks like he’ll be here in time to feature against Southampton on Saturday.