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.
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.
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.
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.
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.