Leeds United missed out on three key transfer targets during the summer window to Sheffield United, but life hasn’t been great for them at Bramall Lane.
The grim reality of Leeds dropping into the Championship is that they were always going to miss out on players that had Premier League football on the table.
Opportunities to play for a promotion-chasing side are trumped by a relegation-battling side in the league above, and Leeds learned that the hard way.
Who did Leeds miss out on?
Signing the cream of the crop from the Championship was what Leeds set out to do when relegated, and set their sights on Gustavo Hamer, after his stunning season with Coventry City, Cameron Archer after his loan at Middlesbrough, and Luke Thomas who was seemingly available from Leicester City.
In those positions, Leeds instead signed Joel Piroe up top, Glen Kamara and Ilia Gruev in midfield, and Sam Byram came in at left-back previously.
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How are those three getting on?
You can’t blame any of these players one bit for opting to move into the Premier League, and for Archer and Hamer, their starts to life in the top flight couldn’t have been much better despite the Blades struggling.
They both have two goals apiece, with all four between all scored in stunning fashion, as Archer helped the Blades to their only win of the season so far against Wolves with a screamer from range.
The worry for these three players is that they sit four points adrift after Luton’s win at the weekend, having been well-beaten by a Bournemouth side who have taken some time to get going, casting a wide margin between themselves and one of the sides they hope to finish above this term.
Everton’s points deduction will surely be made up under Sean Dyche if they continue playing the way they are, which means we could see all three of these players passed by Leeds on their way down, if things go right at Elland Road.