It has been a very busy summer so far and that is on the pitch as well as off it. Elland Road is now owned by Leeds United, players have signed new long-term-deals, some then leaving to gain valuable experience. Leeds United Ladies are back in the fold and the ownership and head-coach has changed. And we have a variety of new players through the door. Here’s the breakdown.
Signings So Far
Matesuz Klich /FC Twente/£1.5 million/3-year-deal
Klich is a Poland international who plays in the deeper reaches of midfield and likes to break forward according to views from the Dutch and German fans and media. He arrived as the first new summer signing and played his first 45 minutes against Harrogate Town before picking up and injury. He is said to be a player who likes the killer pass as he breaks into the final third.
Felix Wiedwald/Werder Bremen/£500k/3-year-deal
Wiedwald wasn’t happy about the new keeper arriving at Germany and was recruited by Leeds more as an opportunity rather than a target. He looks to be the long-term replacement between the sticks at Leeds and is certainly very different in comparison to what we have had at the club in recent history. It became very clear at Guiseley that he was very keen on playing from the edge of his box and making sure he was always an option for a pass.
Vurnon Anita/Newcastle/Free Transfer/3-year-deal
Anita is by far the most experienced player we have secured in terms of at Championship level. He played 32 times for Newcastle as they won the league last season and he was a key player for Newcastle in general over the last few years. He can play right and left back, central midfield and if needed wide on both sides of midfield. A top player at this level and a great piece of business by the club. Newcastle fans speak very highly of the Dutchman.
23 year-old Caleb Ekuban is by far the most unknown player to arrive this summer into the first team. The Ghanaian striker spent last season banging in goals but in the Albanian Premier League, meaning there is a big step up required but Leeds were pretty swift in the deal and one thing he has that we don’t in attack is blistering pace. He looks like he may be a second striker two meaning we have the much sought after plan b.
Samu Saiz/Huesca/£3.1 million/4-year-deal
Samu Saiz has been at the centre of Leeds transfer activity from almost day one this summer. The attacking midfielder was known for being the best player in the second division of Spain last season and arrives with a glowing reputation and a big transfer tag. He is key to the success of the side as that position was thin last season, Pablo Hernandez starting well but flopping towards the end of the season with little room for manoeuvre. The signing has gone down a treat with Leeds fans.
Ezgjan Alioski/Lugano/£3.3 million/4-year-deal
Another key signing this summer and a player Leeds have been tracking and chasing and sealed with another decent chunk of money yesterday. The winger come striker banged in goals in the Swiss Premier League last season, 16 in total and got 14 assists, playing mainly from the right wing. He is direct, powerful and looks the part. He is another who comes with a bubbling reputation in football and could be one of the missing links at the club for the next few years. Atalanta and Basel missed out to Leeds for the player.
Hadi Sacko/Sporting Lisbon/£1.5 million/3-year-deal
Hadi Sacko joined from Sporting Lisbon on a full-time basis and has got to work to impress Thomas Christiansen in the early stages of pre-season. There are glaringly obvious improvements needed but the raw potential is there for all to see. A speed merchant who needs to get his head up after he has done some remarkable work getting onto great positions. Can improve and be more than value for money if he develops at the club.
Pontus Jansson/Torino/£3.5 million/3-year-deal
No words needed.