Late last night Leeds United completed another signing for the development squad. 17-year-old Jordan Stevens joined for a “six figure fee” from Forest Green of League Two. The club are said to have fought of some big competition from Premier League clubs to seal the deal.
Stevens has arrived along with a variety of players from all over Europe and the lower leagues in England. Ajax, Benfica, Helsinki, Leyton Orient and now Forest Green, all the clubs where we have signed players from the development squad this summer. I have been complaining about the lack of investment for the first-team for a few weeks and I was clear in what I said about the youngsters arriving. I like the idea, but only if it didn’t come at the expense of first-team players. Fans are greedy, we always want one more but in reality we signed players in the three positions I was asking for during January, and we paid decent money for those players. The jury is out until we see Tyler Roberts but I like Adam Forshaw and Laurens De Bock has had a steady star. Is it enough to make the play-offs? Not for me, we will be fighting for a top ten finish. My issue lies with Thomas Christiansen in terms of what we can achieve. I like the guy, but we have no style of football and no plan b, just like last season.
I think we’ve made mistakes when we have recruited in the summer, some players were brought in thinking too far ahead and that will ultimately cost us in my opinion. I do feel like January showed a change in strategy in the market, we bought two players from England and paid over the odds for them probably, but that’s what you have to do in this division. The deal to sign Jordan Stevens won’t make any headlines but I do like the idea we are spending some money on the youth team because Radrizzani is realising that he will have to do better in the transfer market if he is to get out of this division. I do think his hand was forced this window, fans are no longer accepting a season to be over with two months to go, we saw the light last season and now we expect that sort of ambition at least going forward. Stevens is regarded as one of the brightest young talents in League Two and my next point is simple, I want to see these lads played and developed in the under 23’s. Too many are going off the radar once they sign for the club.