The recruitment drive over the last few weeks has been quite unbelievable in terms of speed and money spent. Nearly £7 million was spent on Thursday alone adding to nearly £8 million already spent by Andrea Radrizzani this summer. There is one glaringly obvious position that needs some work, central defence, and Thomas Christiansen has confirmed it is now the priority.
Two names are being banded about more than any others. Danny Batth of Wolves and Aden Flint of Bristol City. The pair have both been linked heavily with the club in recent days, Aden Flint sparking more talk about a move by liking a post from a Leeds fan saying he should join the club. Flint seems set to move on anyway with manager Lee Johnson saying he couldn’t confirm that Flint would be at the club come the start of the season, seemingly resigned to the fact a move will happen. He also added that it would take a big bid and it is thought a fee of around £4/5 million would be enough to prize the towering centre back away from Bristol. Andrea Radrizzani has shown his powerful hand in the transfer market already and it’s quite obvious he has money to spend.
Danny Batth is a different prospect altogether. The new regime at Wolves seems to be in full flow although nobody seems quite sure what the actual regime is. The club are spending a fortune on individual players, Ruben Neves arriving from Porto for £15 million, adding to Heldar Costa who cost the club around £10 million last season. They have also signed players such as Barry Douglas and John Ruddy and the type of player they are bringing in is hard to pinpoint really. In terms of outgoings they let highly rated Dom Iorfa leave the club on loan to Ipswich, a deal that surprised many fans of the club and Danny Batth is apparently subject to interest from others clubs, one of which is reportedly Leeds. The deal wouldn’t cost anywhere near the figure for Aden Flint but Batth is a good defender and would (in my opinion) be a good fit for Leeds alongside Pontus Jansson.
We may also look for a natural left back in the coming days and weeks. Gaetano Berardi will probably be the number one choice in that position with Tyler Denton also there as back up but a more natural fit may well be in the mid of Thomas Christiansen as pre-season goes on. We are in a great position in terms of the business we have already done and we can now focus on one player at a time, an unusual and enjoyable position.