Date: 31st July 2019 at 1:47pm
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After their third-place finish last season, Leeds United headed into pre-season knowing that a successful transfer window would have them once again pushing for the top two.

However, they’re now in massive danger of letting themselves down and repeating the errors which cost them promotion last season.

In January, the Whites were in a very similar position. They were flying high at the top of the Championship with less than half a season to go, and they knew that bolstering their squad would leave them in a very strong position to go on and achieve promotion.

The window started out well enough as they signed a three-time Champions League winner in the shape of Kiko Casilla, but after that, no more players came through the door at Elland Road.

In the end, Leeds threw away promotion and lost in the playoffs, and fans inevitably blamed a lack of movement in January for their late-season collapse.

It’s hard to argue with that sentiment either, their squad depth just wasn’t there, and a quick look at their matchday squad in their playoff semi-final second leg tells the whole story.

Leeds fielded several second-string players such as Jamie Shackleton, Gaetano Berardi and Stuart Dallas due to injuries to key players.

Their bench was filled with inexperienced youngsters as three of their substitutes that day had never played a first-team game for Leeds.

Failure in the playoffs wasn’t the end of the world for the Yorkshire club though, they still had a strong squad that bossed the league for the first half of the season, and they knew they needed some more depth.

However, it hasn’t worked out like that. The Whites have only brought in two new faces with Ben White and Helder Costa joining, but with Pontus Jansson and Aapo Halme departing they are arguably weaker at centre-back than they were last year.

Their problem positions are yet to be addressed. They still only have two strikers who are both are susceptible to injury, and now they only have three senior centre-backs in the squad.

It must be a serious case of deja vu for United supporters. They’ve seen their club in this position before, just a couple of signings away from having a squad readymade for promotion, but in the end, they’ve failed to secure the players they need.

It’s looking like January all over again, Victor Orta has stated that Leeds’ business is 90% done, and LeedsLive have claimed that Ryan Kent is their only remaining target.

Unless something changes on the transfer front over this next week, the higher-ups at Elland Road may well face more criticism from the fanbase as an incredible opportunity to strengthen looks to have passed them by.

 

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