Leeds United have completed the signing of Wigan Athletic attacking midfielder Sean McGurk to bolster the youth setup.
Leeds have started strongly in the transfer window, addressing a key issue in the first team with left-back Junior Firpo arriving from Barcelona.
On top of that, there have been two incomings for the youth setup at Elland Road too, with Amari Miller signing from Birmingham City while Sean McGurk has more recently arrived from Wigan Athletic.
The attacking midfielder has been a long-standing transfer target, dating back as long as last summer as the Whites set their sights on a double swoop from the Latics after Joe Gelhardt’s arrival.
McGurk comes in as the fourth signing of the summer after Jack Harrison, Miller, and Firpo.
Here, we take a look at two reasons why this transfer makes complete sense…
It’s an area we needed recruits
Our under-23s side is stacked with talent all over the pitch, and we dominated the PL2 Division 2 last season because of that.
However, promotion to Division 1 means we need more strength in depth to cope with the demands of playing against some of the best academy sides in the country.
The starting lineup is brilliant under Mark Jackson, but one argument that could be made is the lack of attacking midfielders in the side, with Joe Gelhardt dropping into midfield in some games to operate in that role.
McGurk’s arrival means we have an out-and-out attacking midfielder to play in that position, allowing others to remain in natural roles rather than being shoehorned in.
Gelhardt x McGurk linkup
Arguably the most talented player in our youth ranks, Gelhardt has been ripping it up since he joined Leeds from Wigan.
He came after a marvellous breakthrough into the Latics first-team in 2019/20, on top of how well he was playing in their youth team during that season.
While Leeds were enjoying a solid FA Youth Cup run, Wigan were also with McGurk and Gelhardt linking up to managed brilliant wins against Tottenham and Birmingham under-18 sides.
McGurk being reunited with Gelhardt could be a tantalising prospect to watch out for in the under-23s this season as he’s gone from strength to strength since Gelhardt left for us in 2020.