Leeds transfer hunt for 'perfect' summer signing set to end in tears after Heck admission
When it comes to this summer’s transfer window, Leeds United fans can only hope and pray that it goes significantly better than it did last year.
Despite a massive overhaul of the senior side, which saw star men such as Chris Wood and Charlie Taylor replaced by Pierre-Michel Lasogga and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, the Whites have regressed badly in the Championship.
The seventh-placed finish achieved by Garry Monk and his side is long in the memory as the Elland Road outfit currently sit 14th in the second tier – some way off the early season hopes of a play off finish come the end of the campaign.
So just what have manager Paul Heckingbottom and director of football Victor Orta got planned to turn the club’s transfer around?
Speaking of the summer window, which will be the former Barnsley boss’ first transfer market in charge, Heckingbottom revealed the pair’s plans to source and sign the “perfect” player for Leeds, even if it means cutting down the size of the current squad.
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He was quoted by Leeds Live as saying: “In terms of recruitment: identifying the areas we want to strengthen, the characteristics of player we want, which is all important for me.
“In terms of standard of player, physical attributes, mental attributes, his experience, everything. Is he perfect for us?
“And get the best possible choice because we want to carry a smaller squad, a hungrier squad, everyone turns up every day knowing they’ve got a chance, if they’re performing, to be in the team, backed-up by young, hungry players as well.”
Unfortunately for Heckingbottom, his current plans are set to end in tears.
He is right to be targeting quality over quantity, as opposed to last summer’s tactics, but if the club truly want to push on from their current struggles, they need both.
The lack of quality in depth has been on full show this season, and while injuries and suspensions have given the likes of Tom Pearce the chance to shine from the club’s youth system, there must be much more ability below the starting XI.
Improving the first team line up is a start, but if Heckingbottom fails to bring in the required quality of back up, the club will only suffer the same issues they have faced in the current campaign.
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