The season is over for nearly all clubs and the building has begun ahead of next season. Leeds still have one major issue to resolve, Garry Monk. Let’s hope that gets done very soon but for now the talk at many clubs is the recruitment ahead of the new season. Here are some Premier League players that don’t have a club for next season as it stands and could potentially be great additions to the Leeds side.
Joe Ledley – Crystal Palace – Central Midfield
Welsh international midfielder Ledley hasn’t been in the plans since Sam Allerdyce arrived at Selhurst Park and the fact no deal is in place to keep him you would assume that he will be at another club come August. Hard working and technically very good Ledley will probably be a target for many clubs in the Championship or bottom half Premier League. Originally made his name playing for Celtic north of the border after breaking through at Cardiff City. Very experienced and a clever footballer.
Andrew Surman – Bournemouth – Central Midfield
Andrew Surman started as a left back, then a left winger but as he has got older has moved into the middle of the park where he can see more of the ball. Left footed and technically very gifted he is very much a ball playing midfielder who can ping passes about from the middle and dictate the pace of the game. Bournemouth seem to be keen on stepping it up a few gears, Jack Wilshire arrived on loan from Arsenal and Lewis Cook who we know very well has played an important role in recent weeks at the South coast club. Maybe Surman has run his race at Bournemouth.
George Boyd – Burnley – Winger
George Boyd has been at Burnley through the ups and downs of recent years. He signed for £3 million which was a big fee for Burnley at the time and has been an ever present ever since. A bit like Bournemouth Sean Dyche may be looking to kick his Burnley side on again next season and with Boyd out of contract it seems likely he will move on during the summer. Now 31 he is probably coming to a stage where the Championship may well suit his needs. A very direct player who can come up with moments of magic in a game. Will be a great addition to any Championship club.
Fraizer Campbell – Crystal Palace – Striker
Links between Leeds United and Fraizer Campbell have come up at nearly every transfer window in the last few years. What do Leeds lack? A pacey striker who can play on the shoulder of defenders and get in behind. It also adds a “pan b” to the side, something that has been a hot topic at the club this season. Pretty simple, Campbell has sacrificed too many years of his career trying to get into a Premier League side when he could make a big impact just one division below. He would be the perfect fit at Leeds and could even play with Chris Wood in a front two. A quality player if given a run in the side and with some confidence in his own ability. I don’t think he will make the mistake of sitting on the bench at another Premier League club.
Stephen Ireland – Stoke City – Attacking Midfield
An interesting player who has had spells of real quality during his career before drifting. On his day he is easily premier League quality but always being bettered by another player in his position seems to be the problem. Broke into the Manchester City side at a young age just as the money began to be pumped into the club and of course lost his place to the likes of Robinho. He moved on to other clubs and began to find his feet again at Stoke. He would be the perfect player in the attacking midfield role behind Chris Wood. A player who loves to break into the box and get goals as well as create. Whether or not he is a player that Garry Monk sees as a good signing we don’t know, we can only speculate.