One of the biggest criticisms that Leeds United fans have had over last summer’s transfer activity was the lack of proven talent playing in England – a decision which has come back to bite them.
Instead of targeting players from Championship rivals, Premier League outcasts or bright stars from the lower reaches of the football league, Victor Orta and his transfer team splashed the cash on a host of foreign talents, to mixed success.
The likes of Samu Saiz and Ezgjan Alioski have come out with their reputations intact but the same cannot be said for Jay-Roy Grot, Mateusz Klich, Felix Wiedwald or Pawel Cibicki, and the jury is still out on most of the new recruits.
That is somewhere that the club will have to address come the summer window, and they already tried to resolve their issues in January, bringing in Adam Forshaw from Middlesbrough and Tyler Roberts from West Brom.
Now the club have the chance to snap up a Championship veteran in the form of Wes Hoolahan, after it was confirmed on Norwich City’s official website that he would be leaving after 10 years with the Canaries – and it is a move they must go for.
The 35-year-old attacking midfielder, who can also play on either wing or in a more central role, is a Norwich legend and it is clear to see why, with his consistent performances both in the second tier, where he has scored 28 goals and assisted 43 times, as well as the top flight, with 112 Premier League outings under his belt.
Experience is a major issue of the Leeds squad and Heckingbottom must realise that Hoolahan, available on a free, is the perfect opportunity to improve his squad immensely – and despite his age, the Canaries man has still managed to make 33 appearances this season.
It might not be a long-term fix, but for now, with the Whites having struggled so much, the 43-cap Republic of Ireland international is just what they need.
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