Angus Kinnear made a huge pledge to Leeds fans, promising them an “exciting” summer and that the club would spend 100% of all season ticket sales on salaries and new signings.
Talking in the Yorkshire Evening Post, Kinnear said that lessons had been learned and that players would be bought in the summer that would lead to Leeds challenging for the play-offs in the 18/19 campaign.
Now it’s time for Victor Orta to step-up to the plate and prove that this wasn’t just hot air to convince Leeds fans to renew their season tickets.
Leeds need quality signings, not quantity, and a great place to start would be a solid partner for Pontus Jansson at the heart of the Leeds defence.
Kyle Bartley was a rock for Leeds in the 16/17 season, and would surely relish the opportunity to partner up with Jansson again?
He spent a season-long loan at Elland Road before he was whisked back to Swansea, but after an injury disrupted his season he hasn’t been able to get back in the side.
Swansea re still in danger of relegation and there won’t be many top-flight clubs queueing up to sign a player who couldn’t get in a relegation-threatened team.
That could leave Leeds open to swoop, hopefully on a permanent deal.
The 26-year-old has only made six Premier League appearances this season and would be guaranteed football at Elland Road, where he was adored by fans.
The 6ft 4in colossus could be the rock that helps guide Leeds back to the Premier League, which would make him a hero and give him Premier League football back at a club where he’s appreciated.
Orta must prove Kinnear is not full of hot air and make Bartley his number one priority this summer.