By Alex Stevens
Noel Whelan has delivered a scathing assessment of the six players signed by Leeds this summer.
The former Elland Road striker is not convinced that the new men have quality to inspire the club to a play-off place that is the target in the coming season.
New manager Gary Monk has signed strike duo Kemar Roofe and Marcus Antonsson, goalkeeper Robert Green on a free transfer and brought winger Hadi Sacko, defender Kyle Bartley and midfielder Matt Grimes to the club on season-long loan deals.
“At the moment I don’t think the squad is good enough and that’s my honest opinion,” Whelan wrote in his Yorkshire Evening Post column. “Yes, you have brought six players in but they are not going be the difference and that’s a big worry. They are not the players that we were hoping to sign at the end of the season/the beginning of this one.
“Yes, we have brought in a goalkeeper in Robert Green with experience but he is coming to the very, very latter stages of his career.
“Roofe cost around £3million but he is not proven. He is proven in League Two but this is two steps up.
“Of the new signings, there is nothing there that excites me right now, I’ll be perfectly honest. I was hoping to get a proper striker in. Yes, we have got Marcus Antonsson but we don’t know anything about him yet.
“We know that the Swedish League isn’t great and is that probably the same standard as League One? Possibly, maybe, I don’t know. We have got to be realistic here and we haven’t gone out and signed a Jordan Rhodes and spent £9million, let’s be honest.”
Monk has publicly stated that he is still aiming to sign a few more players before the club’s Championship campaign gets underway on 6 August.
As reported by Football Insider, the club have lodged a £1.8million bid for Belgian winger Anthony Limbombe but his club NEC Nijmegen are holding out for a £3million fee.
In other Leeds news, Monk has revealed why Rob Green was omitted from the team for friendly win.