The summer will be upon us in no time and it’s a good job because apart from a good start this season is one to forget. If we had drifted up and down it wouldn’t have been so bad, but we were fighting with Wolves and Cardiff at the start of the season and as they still fight for the title we are looking more likely to finish just outside of the bottom three. As I begin to look forward to what business could be done in the summer I will look at ten free agents from the Championship who could benefit Leeds. Here are the first five.
5 Championship Free Agents
Bobby Reid – Bristol City – Striker
This would be a no brainer for any club outside of the Premier League. The little striker has been prolific this season and has carried the Bristol City attacking threat when the other strikers were injured. He’s an interesting player because he wasn’t really known as a striker before this season, more of a player who drifted between the lines and even then he wasn’t someone who stood out in any way. As a striker he has flourished and seems to be in the right place when it matters, his link up play very good, especially for a player who plays on his own up front at times. I would take him over any of the Leeds strikers, but his record this season will tell you that anyway.
Junior Hoilett – Cardiff City – Winger
A Canadian winger that nobody really wanted to take a punt on and Neil Warnock did exactly that. He has excelled in South Wales and has become one of the best players in the division. He started out at Blackburn before moving to Queens Park Rangers in a move that seemed motivated by only one thing, money. It didn’t work for him and Cardiff ended up signing him, and what a coup. His pace and power causes all sorts of problems as we well know and he has the eye for goal. In terms of style he’s very different to anything we have, more direct and has the individual moments our wingers don’t produce.
Greg Halford – Cardiff City – Central Midfield, Central Defence, Right-Back
Before anyone gets too upset at the fact I’ve put him in just look at how well he’s played at Cardiff, who are on for automatic promotion. A physical presence, a leader (which we don’t have many of) and someone who will stamp authority on any game, whether he plays well or not. He’s experienced and as it stands I would have him in any of his positions in the Leeds team over the players we have, Adam Forshaw the exception. We need players who can dig in and work hard because the lack of fight at the club is frightening. He ticks those boxes, even if he isn’t the most pleasant on the eye in terms of how he plays the game.
Allan McGregor – Hull City – Goalkeeper
A few weeks back I did an article looking at players we could sign for realistic transfer fees and wages, and McGregor was on the list as one of them, yesterday I saw he was a free agent in the summer. Head and shoulders above the keepers we have at the club, although Baily Peacock-Farrell has impressed since coming into the club. I do think it’s an area the club will need to address because both Felix Wiedwald and Andy Lonergan simply aren’t good enough. I would maybe keep Wiedwald as back-up, or maybe use Huffer as back-up and loan Peacock-Farrell for a full season now he’s showing he does have the qualities needed.
Andreas Bjelland – Brentford – Centre-Back
You need to look past the unfortunate name with this one. A very talented centre-back that I’m surprised hasn’t already had offers. Good with the ball at his feet and very composed. Doesn’t mind getting involved in the physical battles either and would be a very good partner to Pontus Jansson. Matthew Pennington and Liam Cooper are well off his standard so it would be a big improvement. Won’t be on big wages at Brentford and has good experience, 29 years of age and an international.