The story in the Championship tonight is that Brentford are on the verge of selling Lasse Vibe to Queens Park Rangers for £2.5 million, a steal for a player of his quality. The story coming out of Leeds United is that they can’t find a striker for the “right value”, so that begs the question, what value are we looking at?
Vibe at £2.5 million would be a quality signing for Leeds and would instantly be the best striker we have at the club. There are deals to be had out there, I don’t care whether it’s January or not, you don’t have to break the bank to secure a signing or two. Does anybody think that Darren Bent, on huge wages at this level is playing for Burton Albion with a wage-cut? He will be getting his full wage but Burton, a club who could only dream of having a player like Bent have been clever in the market. I’m not saying I would have Darren Bent at Leeds, not at all but it’s relative to the level, and that’s a coup for a club the size of Burton, no disrespect intended at all. Brilliant business.
Leeds currently have a wage limit of £15k or thereabouts according to sources of good information like Phil Hay and Adam Pope and that is certainly restricting in the transfer market of 2018, in a division where wages are getting out of control. I don’t mind having a wage structure at all, but sometimes you have to look at it again when you are in a position, say just a few points off the play-offs with a squad that probably can’t make the play-offs without any new additions up front. Perhaps you take a few signings such as Jay-Roy Grot, Pawel Cibicki, Mateusz Klich and Hadi Sacko, combine their fees and wages and you can sign one player who will make the difference at this level, that’s my thinking anyway.
Here’s just a few strikers that we could sign that wouldn’t break the bank and would demand huge wages. Leon Clarke, Lewis Grabban, Lasse Vibe, Darryl Murphy…and they are players who would make a difference at this club. This is subjective, my opinion is different to many others and people could pick four strikers that you know wouldn’t cost a fortune and would almost certainly come to Leeds, the point remains the same, we aren’t working well in the English market at all. Yes you pay more for players from the same division but if we sell players we don’t overcharge. We sold Liam Bridcutt for £1 million, we let Rob Green go for free and both of those are eye-opening for us all. The club was wanting big earners off the wage-bill and did that. Unfortunately we have replaced quality (although Bridcutt doesn’t bother me in terms of ability) with quantity, and we are well behind where we were last year in terms of the squad.