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Leeds going back in for this talented 21-year-old defensive ace would be a smart move

Stephan AMBROSIUS HH mit Ball, Einzelaktion mit Ball, Aktion, Fussball 2. Bundesliga, 10. Spieltag, Hamburger SV HH - Hannover 96 H 0:1 am 05.12.2020 in Hamburg/ Deutschland. *** Stephan AMBROSIUS HH with ball, individual action with ball, action, football 2 Bundesliga, 10 matchday, Hamburger SV HH Hannover 96 H 0 1 on 05 12 2020 in Hamburg Germany

Why Leeds United need to return for Stephan Ambrosius

According to Leeds Live, Leeds United target Stephan Ambrosius has ruled out a move away from Hamburger SV. The defender was linked with a move last November, with his contract set to expire at the end of the season. However, he has come out and pledged his future for the club.

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Stephan Ambrosius started his footballing education at FC St. Pauli before moving to Hamburger’s academy, where he impressed across various age groups. The centre-back was eventually promoted to the club’s reserve team in 2017. He made his first-team debut against Stuttgart in the Bundesliga back in March 2018.

The 21-year-old made only a solitary substitute appearance in the German second-tier last season. Nonetheless, he has started his club’s 11 out of 12 league games this term. Ambrosius has made a total of 14 appearances in all competitions for Hamburger SV so far. (h/t Transfermarkt)

SIEGEN, GERMANY – AUGUST 18: Stephan Ambrosius of Hamburg runs with the ball during the DFB Cup first round match between TuS Erndtebrueck and Hamburger SV at Leimbachstadion on August 18, 2018 in Siegen, Germany. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Ambrosius can be one for the future at Leeds United

Leeds United roped in Robin Koch from Freiburg and Diego Llorente from Real Sociedad to bolster their centre-back ranks in the summer window after failing to agree a permanent deal with Brighton for last season’s loanee Ben White.

The Whites currently have enough cover at the back, with Koch and Llorente competing for places alongside skipper Liam Cooper at the heart of the defence. Marcelo Bielsa also has promising academy starlets like Leif Davis and Oliver Casey available at his disposal, meaning Leeds should get through the campaign unscathed unless there are any grave injury issues.

It’s clear that the Whites are pursuing an interest in the German with one eye on the future. That certainly makes sense given Ambrosius has only played a handful of first-team games for Hamburger and he needs more experience to make the step up to the Premier League.

HAMBURG, GERMANY – OCTOBER 21: Stephan Ambrosius of Hamburg gestures during the Second Bundesliga match between Hamburger SV and FC Erzgebirge Aue at Volksparkstadion on October 21, 2020 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)

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In case a deal does materialise, Leeds should look to put him under a development plan at Elland Road with a view to gradually phasing him into the first-team mix.

Stephan Ambrosius might not be the finished article just yet but he seems like a real talent with a lot of potential. The Whites need to push for his signing as he would be a smart bit of business for the club.

Written by Sourav Ghosh

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