Leeds United have signed central defender Hugo Diaz from Deportivo La Coruna and seemingly placed him in their under-23 squad.

The Spaniard confirmed his arrival at Elland Road by changing his profile picture and bio on his Twitter page, while his Instagram was also updated to acknowledge his change in club.

The 20-year-old has been placed in the under-23 side in Yorkshire, where he will be charged with leading a revival in their fortunes, after the team could only finish bottom of the table last season.

Diaz joins up with a number of European players who have arrived at Elland Road this summer. Adrian Balboa, Ousama Siddiki, Kun Temenuzkhov, Oriol Rey and Alejandro Machua have all joined from Spanish sides while the Whites also added Madger Gomes to their development ranks from Liverpool.

The former Deportivo player will be looking to make a big impression in the under-23 side to catch the attention of first-team boss Thomas Christiansen in a bid to push himself towards senior recognition, where he could be a teammate of another Spaniard in Samu Saiz, who has already made quite an impact since arriving at Leeds.

It is well known that there is something of a shortage in established defenders at Elland Road at the present time, a factor that may well have been a reason why Diaz swapped Spain for England.

Pontus Jansson and Liam Cooper are the only senior central defenders that Leeds have right now, although they have added Matthew Pennington and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson on loan recently who can both fill in there, as can youngster Conor Shaughnessy, who has broken through this season.

That still leaves Thomas Christiansen light on genuine options so if Diaz can hit the ground running for the under-23s, progression to the first-team could come quicker than expected for him.


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