If Leeds United want to improve on a bitterly disappointing season, then the summer transfer window has to go significantly better than their recruitment has over the last 12 months.
Under new owner Andrea Radrizzani, and right hand man Victor Orta as director of football, the Whites saw a complete overhaul of the senior side but it turned out to be more quantity than quality, with many of the new arrivals failing to live up to expectation and contributing to the club’s poor finish to the campaign.
The January window had offered promise – the captures of Adam Forshaw and Tyler Roberts looking like inspired signings and much more up the fans’ street – but injuries have limited their game time, and fellow January recruit Laurens de Bock has followed in the footsteps of many of the foreign arrivals.
Looking forward, the Elland Road faithful deserve something to excite them going into the new season, and what better way to get hopes up than with a swoop for a title winning goal machine in the form of his life?
The Belfast Telegraph claim that the Whites are among a host of clubs in the hunt for Crusaders winger Gavin Whyte, the 22-year-old having scored a sensational 22 goals in 38 appearances to help his side to the Northern Ireland Premiership title – but that a bid has been made, not from Leeds.
It is stated that League Two mid-table outfit Crawley Town have made the first move with a “sizable” offer for his services, while League One side Doncaster Rovers are also keen on his capture.
With his exceptional form, it is no wonder clubs are hunting his signing – but looking at the level of Leeds’ rivals, they should have no issue hijacking the bid from the 14th placed side, blowing them away and leaving any of their rivals with no chance of snapping him up.
He might be another unproven talent but with a possible Northern Ireland cap on the horizon, he could be the next big thing to make the short journey over the Irish Sea and succeed in England – and Leeds should be the place he flourishes.
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