With the dust having settled on Leeds United’s Championship campaign, the focus has no doubt turned to the future with the summer transfer window closing in.
The Whites saw a lot of changes 12 months ago but the majority simply did not work out, and was a key factor in why the club suffered such a disappointing campaign, finishing 13th after early hopes of a play off spot.
While some of the new imports proved their worth, there were others, such as Pawel Cibicki and Laurens de Bock, who were by no means cut out for the demands of England’s second tier.
The Belgian defender actually found himself usurped by youth graduate Tom Pearce, the 20-year-old one of many young stars who had come through the academy system at Elland Road and make a name for themselves in the senior side, with Bailey Peacock-Farrell and Paudie O’Connor joining the left back among the first team.
While the supporters would no doubt like to see some new recruits over the summer, the club have kicked off the break by tying one of their own to a new contract, 20-year-old Oriol Rey confirmed to have put pen to paper on a two-year deal.
✍ | Leeds United are pleased to announce @OriolRey_6 has signed a new two year contract with the club
— Leeds United (@LUFC) May 13, 2018
With that done deal confirmed, the Whites must continue the trend and tie up another pair of youngsters, with the futures of Pearce and O’Connor currently in much doubt.
The former’s current deal expires this summer and after impressing in his five Championship outings, losing him would be a massive blow to Paul Heckingbottom.
Meanwhile defensive colossus O’Connor, who stands at 6’3″, has four appearances under his belt, but with just a year left to go on his contract, tying him up sooner rather than later is a priority.
The duo are young but proven talents and seeing them depart would be bitterly disappointing – so after Rey, they must be the next to commit.
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