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Phil Hay Reports That Leeds United Will Look To Bring In 4 Players: Positions Bielsa Should Target

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Ayush Chaurasia
Sports Management Graduate. Wannabe sports manager/writer and researcher. If not found disscussing about sports, will be seen talking about movies or tv shows. Miserable rest of the times.

According to the latest reports from Phil Hay of Yorkshire Evening Post, Leeds United are looking to bring in 4 players in the summer to bolster their squad. There will be a specific focus on bringing in wingers. The Whites will be looking at Premier league loan deals to survive because of Financial Fair Play after expected losses of £15m in the calendar year.

Currently, Championship clubs aren’t allowed to incur a loss of over £39m in three years. Therefore we might not see too many permanent signing from the Whites. However, this shouldn’t be a worrying sign as we have seen in the past two seasons how certain clubs have used loan players well. Aston Villa who won the Championship benefitted immensely by bringing the likes of Axel Tuanzebe, Tyrone Mings, Tammy Abraham and Anwar El Ghazi who were all on loan and started in the finals.

Therefore we expect the Whites to follow a similar route in the next season and here are the four positions where the club is likely to add cover.

Left-winger- Ezgjan Alioski and Jack Harrison were average at best last season. The Whites are again looking to sign Harrison from Manchester City. The Whites came perilously close to signing Daniel James in January, and we expect the club to look at some left wing options from Premier League clubs.

Right-winger- Pablo Hernandez was a standout player for the Whites, and he often played on the right flank. However, he usually drifted inside and influenced play from central areas. The Spaniard doesn’t have much pace, and he would be suited in an attacking midfield position now that he is 34. Therefore the Whites should look to bring in a right winger as well.

Central midfielder- Mateusz Klich started every game in the Championship, and he often looked jaded on occasions given the run of fixtures and Bielsa’s high-intensity style of play. It would be a good idea for the club to add a midfielder so the manager can rotate. It would be a plus if the midfielder can turn out as a no. 10 as well when required.

Striker- The Whites struggled to make their chances count in the final third. Kemar Roofe did a decent job, but he missed plenty of games due to injury. Patrick Bamford struggled to fill in for him, and there is no doubt that a more clinical striker could have helped the club when they lost their steam in the last few games.

Bonus signing- The White should also look to get a new goalkeeper after the erratic performance of Kiko Casilla. Reports have emerged that he is considering leaving the club and the Whites should look to add a proven goalkeeper to their roster.

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