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‘I am certain’ – Phil Hay backs Leeds United to revisit summer transfer target

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Leeds United missed out on a centre-midfielder in the summer but that is expected to be put right in 2021, according to Phil Hay.

A lot of the summer transfer window was dominated by discussions of Rodrigo De Paul’s availability before attention swiftly turned to Michael Cuisance as a deal hurtled towards its conclusion.

The French youth international didn’t sign for the Whites in the end following complications with his medical, to which the now-Marseille midfielder has denied.

What is for certain is that Leeds were very keen to add a player in that area.

After the failure to sign Cuisance, Leeds turned their attention to Brazillian winger Raphinha and completed a £17million deal on deadline day from Rennes.

It wasn’t a like-for-like alternative deal to be made but Raphinha arguably looks like Leeds’ best player and has enhanced a part of the side that needed it, efficiency from wide areas.

The January window presents us with a chance to take inventory of what we currently have and where we need to strengthen.

There’s unlikely to be any moves done this month but targets will start to be drawn up for the upcoming summer months.

Phil Hay believes that we will definitely see a revisit in the midfield department, and should push hard for a central midfield signing to add depth alongside Mateusz Klich.

“There is a shortage of choice there, I think. We saw in the summer that they came very, very close to signing Michael Cuisance from Bayern Munich.” He said on the Phil Hay Show podcast.

“That was basically done before the medical threw up issues and Leeds backed out. So, that tells you that they did want something else in the centre of midfield.

“I think what Leeds have got to the point of doing now is not jumping on something because another deal has gone wrong. I think the feeling was, ‘Look, that hasn’t happened; it’s not the end of the world; we’ve got money we can put towards Raphinha instead for now and we can revisit it.’

“I am certain that they will do at the end of this season.”

I’d fully expect us to prioritise this area over others in the summer.

It’s the area where we need the most attention, even if Klich is shining in the Premier League.

He’s the only senior number eight at the club that has proven he can play regularly there with Jamie Shackleton still not quite ready for sustained involvement.

If we stay up comfortably, I’d back us to dip into a very high-value market for a signing, adding to the top quality we’ve already brought in.

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