Leeds United have undergone another disappointing campaign in the EFL Championship under the hands of two managers, Thomas Christiansen and Paul Heckingbottom. The steep decline from one of the promotion playoff spots to the 14th place of the points table has been astonishing and painful to watch for all United fans.
Heckingbottom has barely made a dent in terms of improvement and is likely to make way for a new figure this summer. However, just a managerial shift might not be enough to overturn the team’s 2017/18 woes into a new and improved chase for top-flight promotion.
Leeds are depleted at the moment with most players failing to meet winning standards. We are aware of some of the problems that had started to regurgitate earlier in the season – players getting injured, strikers hitting drought spells, suspensions delving from behavioural issues of some of the key players.
Even in the midst of it all, the Elland Road fans had anticipated a turnaround. The resurgence after a rough spell! Apparently not.
All Andrea Radrizzani and his men can do is start afresh and look to make a few key changes through the next transfer window. Here are a three players Leeds United should consider bringing in.
A striker tops the list after the less-than-impressive showing from Pierre-Michel Lasogga and co. in the present season. The 26-year-old on-loan forward has managed to score just 10 times in his 31 Championship appearances. It always spells trouble when your starting number nine fails to convert crucial chances in front of the goal. Caleb Ekuban’s injury did not help in the trying circumstances and Pawel Cibicki is not good enough to be a regular starter.
Abel Hernandez is keen on leaving Hull City for greener pastures this summer. The Whites should offer the Uruguayan international a lucrative deal. He certainly knows where goals come from, judging by the 8 he scored in his 10-game involvement this season.
Sunderland have been relegated to the League One and some of their players are prime for early pickings. Asoro is a 19-year-old forward who can play in deeper playmaking roles as well. He has shown great promise during his 34 total appearances for the Black Cats this campaign and is also on the wishlist of plenty of top-tier clubs.
Standing at just 5 feet 7 inches, he has a turn of pace which is second to none. He could ensure some real damage if placed in Samuel Saiz’s position.
Everton are eager to sign Matthew Pennington to a new contract extension rather than letting him remain at Elland Road this summer. This would mean that the Whites have to find an able replacement for cheap.
Kone has suffered his fair share of injuries this campaign but is still capable of manning the backline. He could come in as an experienced head behind the likes of Pontus Jansson and Liam Cooper.