Yesterday saw the announcement that Leeds United have secured Ross McCormack’s services for the next four years. You’ve got to say well done to GFH for getting a deal done and not succumbing to Middlesbrough’s attempts to lure the forward away, this will further strengthen their statement that times are changing at Elland Road. But with just two more days until the transfer window closes, I can’t help but think we’re only two or three players away from challenging for a place in the Championship play-off’s.
McCormack’s new deal means that, for the first time in many years, we’ve managed to retain one of our key players and ensure that he spends the peak of his football career playing for Leeds United. If Bates was still here we’d have probably seen Ross sold; as we did with the likes of Becchio, Snodgrass, Howson and Gradel just to name a few.
Now we’ve not got to worry about that, Brian McDermott can put his sole focus into getting rid of the deadwood and replace it with quality to allow us to mount a serious promotion challenge. Like I said, I don’t think we’re far behind those teams above us, teams that have spent plenty of money, such as QPR, who have just spent £4 million to sign Charlie Austin. Austin has undoubted ability at this level and should bag plenty of goals with service from Rangers’ attacking players. McDermott and Leeds are certain to find it difficult to bring in talent with so little time left and having to sell in order to buy, which the Leeds boss has reiterated many times.
He has made it clear where he wants to strengthen. Speaking to the Yorkshire Post on Tuesday he had this to say:
“We know we need some width. If you are going to sign a winger and the kind of winger you want, it’s not cheap and is an expensive business.”
Today’s 1-0 defeat to QPR, in my opinion, further strengthened his view. In my opinion the lack of attacking quality lost us the game. If we’d have had wingers I believe we’d have won the game. Players like Ross McCormack, Matt Smith and Luke Varney will feed off a pacy winger who can whip in a decent cross. He doesn’t really sound too confident about getting any players, but that is different to how Paul Hunt sounded at LUFC Trust’s recent meeting when he said he expects a busy and positive end to the transfer window, especially on Monday (Deadline day). I reckon we’ll bring in at least one winger, even if we don’t manage to shift any players, although I also think we’ll manage to get rid of a couple, too. We all know that good wingers are going to cost money, so let’s hope that GFH will back Brian and allow him to bring in the missing pieces in our jigsaw.