Garry Monk has certainly brought quantity into the Leeds side and early indications suggest there is some high quality in there as well. A poor start has masked some of the performances and also highlighted that some will have to work a lot harder to make the grade at Leeds United. It all started with a Swede and has ended on deadline day with an Irishman.
Leeds Incoming 2016
Marcus Antonsson – Kalmar FF – £2m
Antonsson was the first summer signing and one who has impressed so far despite not taking some of his chances. Physically has no problem at this level but needs to put his chances away. Quick and makes some very good runs, I think once Hernandez is up and running we will have a very good partnership up and running in the final third. Positive signs.
Kemar Roofe – Oxford United – £3m
A player who I instantly liked and who will get better in a Leeds shirt. Has had a very average start to his career but has shown glimpses of his ability in recent weeks. Two assists in two games at Sheffield Wednesday and then Luton will help him push on. Has a lot to offer and I think we will see the best of him in time, huge potential and a player who will be great to watch.
Eunan O’Kane – Bournemouth – Undisclosed
The Irish international arrived just a few days ago and will probably make his debut against Huddersfield next Saturday. We can’t judge him yet but all the indications are good. Here is a fan view from Bournemouth on the player exclusive to #PAS. http://peacockandsmiley.com/2238/leeds-sign-okane-bournemouth-fan-view/
Rob Green – QPR – Free
Green has come in for criticism in recent weeks but for me it was a no brainer to replace Silvestri and Green was a more than adequate player to come in. The defenders in front of him haven’t helped and he’s much more reliable than Marco Silvestri who was only ever on form in 50% of the games. More than happy with his arrival.
Luke Ayling – Bristol City – £1m
Delighted with this deal. He had a bit of a nightmare against Forest for the opener but has looked great value in the games so far. Solid, reliable and not afraid to get involved. Didn’t think I would worry about Berardi getting back in the team but it’s looking that way. Ayling has won most of the fans over already, putting in 100% and looking like he is enjoying playing in front of the big crowd.
Pontus Jansson – Torino – Loan
Another who we can’t judge just yet but a player with pedigree. Currently away with the Swedish national team which is something that should be taken seriously. Comes with a glowing reputation and looks set to replace Liam Cooper in the back line.
Kyle Bartley – Swansea – Loan
Bartley hasn’t looked great or poor in any game yet. Had his best game against Fulham and has definitely been the better of the centre-backs this season. Will be better alongside Jansson by the sounds of things and a player who is more than capable of leading the side to clean sheets this season. Good signing.
Matt Grimes – Swansea – Loan
I was looking forward to seeing Grimes but he may well have blown his chance early on this season. Awful against Queens Park Rangers and passive at Luton in his two appearances. Needs to seriously up his game to have a chance of getting in a congested midfield area at the club. No doubt he has the ability but of all the signings so far he has had the worst start.
Pablo Hernandez – Al-Arabi – Loan
He has actually been quite poor but it’s obvious he will be key for the side. Gets on the ball enough and creates chances from nothing. One of the players without a pre-season and one who needs relationships on the pitch to thrive and create. A coup for the club and someone who will get better.
Hadi Sacko – Sporting Lisbon – Loan
Probably the most exciting player and the one with the most potential to arrive. Looks to easy for him at times but needs to stay in the game. Gaining confidence and has impressed most at the club. Tore Sheffield Wednesday to pieces in the Yorkshire derby and will do it time and time again if he wants to. Could be his own worst enemy if he doesn’t realise how good he actually is.
Liam Bridcutt – Sunderland – Undisclosed
A deal that looked to be off at times but still the most important deal of the summer despite all of the others. Huge part to play for the club and a player who will lead this team. Needs to be given the captaincy and given the responsibility on and off the pitch. Leader for a young side and oozes class. Delighted this deal came through.