The situation regarding the recruitment at Leeds has been under more scrutiny this season than any other and there is a simple reason for that, we have gone backwards for the first time in years. Andrea Radrizzani employed Victor Orta and the director of football has got it wrong with most of his signings, There has to be a change in strategy in the summer and here are a handful of players that are realistic in both fees and wages, as well as attracting them to Leeds. It may not necessarily be these players but the type of players we should be looking at.
John Egan – Brentford – Centre-Back
A player that according to Alan Nixon was wanted by Leeds but too late on as Brentford swooped for the lower league centre back who now captains Brentford. A very talented footballer as well as a very good defender at this level. He can still improve but we need a leader at the back alongside Pontus Jansson because the partners he’s been given this year have been so poor it makes you wonder what the club were thinking in the summer. Egan won’t be on huge wages at Brentford, would step up in terms of size of club and would probably cost a few million. Brentford are a club who often sell if clubs put in a decent bid as we well know.
Sam Winnall – Sheffield Wednesday – Striker
A player that was transformed into a very good Championship forward by current Leeds head-coach Paul Heckingbottom. The striker moved from Barnsley to Sheffield Wednesday last January but has hardly had the chance with the South Yorkshire club in serious financial difficulty and players now not being allowed to play due to “contractual issues”. He was shipped out to Derby but the chances are Gary Rowett will set his sights on some bigger names if they don’t get promoted. Wednesday will want to sell as many players they can, Winnall won’t be on huge wages because he came from Barnsley and wouldn’t cost a fortune, Heckingbottom knows exactly what he’s getting with the striker.
Luke Freeman – Queens Park Rangers – Attacking Midfielder
Luke Freeman is the shining light at Queens Park Rangers, a quality footballer surrounded by mediocre talent, a but like a few of the Leeds players currently. Just because he’s at QPR doesn’t mean he can’t make the step up to Leeds, at the end of the day the teams aren’t too far apart in the league anyway. He is a tricky customer, keeps the ball extremely well and has a very cultured left foot. He would compliment the likes of Samu Saiz and Adam Forshaw who like to keep the ball and play quick one-two’s. Certainly a gettable target and one that would improve the side, with Pablo Hernandez reportedly heading back to Spain a player like this will need to come in.
Paul Coutts – Sheffield United – Central Midfielder
Sheffield United are a side who are over-achieving this season but a side who have seriously dipped since the injury to key player Paul Coutts. The Scottish ball-playing midfielder has been a huge loss and won’t feature again this season after breaking his leg. In terms of how Sheffield United play and the attractive football the produce it all goes through Coutts, a very impressive head in the middle of the park. If Leeds want to keep the ball then we need someone to partner Adam Forshaw and Coutts would certainly do that. If not him, someone in a similar mould. Can open up teams, great vision and Sheffield United fans will tell you that without him they are like a wounded animal. Things just don’t work like they should.
Allan McGregor – Hull City – Goalkeeper
Number one priority this summer is a new goalkeeper. We need someone with experience and confidence and McGregor is the perfect sort of fit. Has seen so much in football, had highs and lows and always bounces back. If Hull do go down which is a very real possibility then he won’t want to stay, if they do stay up Hull will have to sell some players anyway because they are starting from scratch at the moment. Wouldn’t cost much at all, maybe on higher wages but wouldn’t have to relocate and adds some leadership and experience to our young side, there are so many options like this.