With rumour and discussion in equal parts about how Leeds’ now well-established recruitment team will go about their business this summer, Graham Smyth has moved to confirm what positions Leeds are in pursuit of.
Via his Twitter this morning, the YEP’s Chief Football Writer wrote Leeds are looking for ‘back-up/competition for Bamford’ and confirmed the situation is similar for Hernandez. This should be of little surprise to anybody, Leeds have largely operated with just one recognised striker for the second half of the season. Similarly, Hernandez’s advancing years are cause for concern for Leeds. Though he remains technically supreme, having such reliance on a single creative outlet is not sustainable in England’s top division.
Smyth also noted that Leeds are looking for ‘at least one CB’. Again, unsurprising following the expiry of Ben White’s loan. Leeds’ primary target will surely be White, a Player of the Year contender. However, the injury suffered by Gaetano Berardi will mean a back-up defender is also likely to be recruited.
Furthermore, it’s reported by Smyth that Leeds are looking at midfield options, too. This is likely to be a central midfield role. Leeds have largely relied on academy players or utilising players of other positions (see: Stuart Dallas), to fill in when one of Kalvin Phillips or Mateusz Klich was injured in their promotion winning campaign. Marcelo Bielsa has likely expressed that he would like to avoid having to do this in the Premier League.