Leeds, having completed the signing of Joel Robles this week, took their total number of incomings to eight for the summer – Brenden Aaronson, Rasmus Kristensen, Marc Roca, Tyler Adams, Luis Sinisterra, Darko Gyabi, Sonny Perkins, and Robles.
The Whites’ lack of depth in both the striker and left-back positions is no secret, and Leeds are said to hold an interest in recruiting further within these two positions but may have to wait for options to open up within the market.
According to Hay in The Athletic: “There is a sense Leeds are sitting tight and biding their time, undecided yet about whether they will push the boat out and get an extra attacking addition over the line.”
He added on Twitter: “No real movement on further incomings at Leeds United at this stage but in terms of the past 24 hours – [Juan] Mata, [Ismaila] Sarr, and [Joao] Pedro all wide of the mark.”
This follows on from Andrea Radrizzani’s comments last week about the club, ‘actively monitoring and discussing [forwards]. With other players, unless we are 100 percent that we improve, we don’t move’.
Reading between the lines, it feels as though the club are content with their business and will only move on targets should a very good opportunity arise – one which cannot be turned down.
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Leeds’ injury issues last season were well documented. Despite the signings so far, a bigger squad churn felt necessary this summer.
Patrick Bamford missed the majority of the season with injury, and Junior Firpo was constantly in and out with smaller niggles. Recruitment in these two positions is imperative and shouldn’t hinge on waiting on good market opportunities. We must be proactive.
If the club fails to recruit in these areas, then they will again show themselves to be negligent. This summer is the opportunity to correct the mistakes of a lack of recruitment last summer, and the trajectory has been good so far. The club should keep the momentum going with two final signings.