By Richard Parks
Andrea Radrizzani has jetted in to Leeds this week to spearhead a mass overhaul of the playing squad ahead of the opening of the summer transfer window, according to a report.
The Yorkshire Evening Post claim that that United will rip up the recruitment strategy that has failed in the last two windows but will keep faith with director of football Victor Orta.
It is said that Leeds intend to pursue more domestic signings as well as trimming the senior squad closer to the 20-player mark as they look to focus on quality rather than quantity.
Leeds recruited 16 senior players last summer and four more in the January window as well as over a dozen in the various age groups at the club.
Intriguingly, the reduction in numbers could increase the current weekly salary limit of £15,000-a-week, a figure the club are believed to contribute towards Pierre-Michel Lasogga’s Hamburg wage during this season-long loan.
Football Insider verdict:
You would find few Leeds fans quibbling with an overhaul of a recruitment strategy that has failed to pay dividends since Radrizzani took sole control of the club last May. There has been a whirlwind of arrivals, but few successes and plenty of flops – certainly at senior level – and the squad looks bloated and low on quality. Many will pay this summer, when they are put up for sale and the process begins to ease them out of Elland Road. Expect the likes of Eunan O’Kane, Vurnon Anita, Andy Lonergan and Felix Wiedwald to lead the firesale, while those on season-long loans will almost certainly not be returning for a second campaign.