With the sales of Kemar Roofe, Pontus Jansson, Bailey Peacock-Farrell, Samu Saiz, Jack Clarke as well as a few youngsters, Leeds United brought in over £25m in player sales this summer.
Unfortunately, the window is now closed, and Leeds’ spending on new players stands at £0. Of course, they will have to fork out £15m for Helder Costa next year, but as of this very moment, the Yorkshire club haven’t spent a penny on signing any new players on permanent deals.
Instead, we’ve seen them once again adapt a transfer strategy heavily centred around loan moves.
They’ve brought in Illan Meslier, Jack Harrison, Eddie Nketiah and Ben White on loan, while also agreeing a deal to bring Clarke back to the club after they sold him to Spurs.
With a £25m financial boost through player sales, this represented a real opportunity for Leeds to make a statement of intent heading into the new season, but instead, they’re largely stuck with the same squad as last season with a few new inexperienced additions.
Replacing Kemar Roofe and Pontus Jansson with loans for Nketiah and White is simply too risky. Neither player has ever played in the high-pressure situations they may face this season, and they’re untested entities as starters for a team at this level.
Indeed, supporters were impressed with White’s debut, but it remains to be seen whether or not he can keep that up.
With £25m in the bank, Leeds could easily have brought in some more experienced heads and made sure they would be in and around the automatic promotion places, but now they’re gonna have to rely on the genius of Marcelo Bielsa to once again get them up the table.
Other than Costa, they’ve not added any proven Championship quality to their squad, and a season after finishing third that may mean they’ve passed up their greatest opportunity to return to the Premier League.