Leeds United have made a new addition their squad, as Matthew Pennington has joined on a season-long loan, the Championship side have confirmed on their official website.

The Everton defender has already trained with his new team-mates after showing his delight on Twitter, confirming his move to the Whites.

The 22-year-old joins a host of other new faces added to the Leeds ranks during the summer transfer window and he will be looking for first-team football at Elland Road after making his Premier League debut in 2016.

Pennington featured a handful of times for the Toffees last year, scoring in a Merseyside derby defeat.

It will be his fourth loan move, after spells with Tranmere Rovers, Coventry City and Walsall – and will this time he will be looking to help Leeds regain their place in the Premier League.

Last season the Whites came agonisingly close to making the play-offs, finishing seventh and five points off sixth place.

That led to Garry Monk’s surprise exit, with Thomas Christiansen looking to go one better this season and challenge for promotion.

The signing of Pennington is a bold one, as he has failed to secure regular first-team football of late, but given the chance he could be an important player for Leeds.

He has plenty of potential, and a full year in the Championship pushing for the play-offs may help the defender progress and eventually be ready for the Premier League.

The Elland Road faithful will be hoping he can be a strong partner to fan favourite Pontus Jansson, and can help steady their back four ahead of the new campaign.

United fans took to Twitter to welcome their new signing to the club, with the majority of supporters excited by the centre-half’s loan move.

It seems they will happy as long as Pennington gives his all for the famous Leeds shirt.

One Leeds fan may have had expectations a little too high though…


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