Date: 31st July 2019 at 1:46pm
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LeedsLive hosted a question and answer session on Tuesday where they cleared up any queries that United fans have ahead of the opening day of the season.

Of course, the question of whether or not any more signings would be made before the end of the window came up, and although the response stated that there may be another incoming, the update wasn’t necessarily positive.

“Yes, incoming transfers are still possible in this window. Orta has said the club’s business is around 90 per cent done, which clearly means there is space for the right player on the right terms. While most of us, including me, feel another centre-back would be beneficial it seems Ryan Kent remains the outstanding option the club would be open to,” they replied.

While it is exciting to hear that the Yorkshire club aren’t completely finished in the transfer window, they’re seemingly looking at strengthening the wrong areas.

Indeed, it is addressed in their response as they say that another centre-back would be beneficial, but the unnecessary nature of signing Ryan Kent has to be addressed.

If there is one area of Leeds’ squad that doesn’t need bolstering at this moment in time it’s the wings. They have two fantastic players on the right as Pablo Hernandez won their Player of the Year award last season, and Helder Costa was quality in the Championship last time he played in this division, scoring 15 and assisting 14 in two seasons.

On the left, they have Jack Harrison and Jack Clarke. Both players are promising youngsters, and with Harrison being so impressive during pre-season it’s hard to argue that they need Kent.

Jurgen Klopp has recently stated that another loan move isn’t on the cards for the winger, and with Liverpool reportedly asking for £12m for the 22-year-old you’d have to say that the money would be better off spent elsewhere.

As LeedsLive state, there is a glaring gap at centre-back as the Whites currently have only three senior players in that role, but there is also an argument to make that they could do with a new striker.

Kemar Roofe has consistently been picking up injuries over the past year, and his absences leave Patrick Bamford as the only player in the squad who can play up top. With the Whites having the worst conversion rate in the division last year they would not only benefit from the extra depth, but they would also potentially be able to improve on what they already have.

If Leeds are considering spending £12m on Kent they should rethink their strategy and redirect those funds towards one of the positions that are more in need of filling.

 

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