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Alex Bruce is expecting a “sensible” approach from Leeds United this summer, as they prepare for a first Premier League season in 16 years.
The former Leeds defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, warned a more prudent approach can go both ways.
Whites’ boss Marcelo Bielsa is not keen on numerous changes during pre-season, with four to five at most expected to arrive at Elland Road, according to The Athletic.
And Bruce believes Leeds’ summer business will all depend on what Bielsa thinks he needs.
“We’ve seen that clubs have gone up in the past and not spent much and ended up getting relegated,” Bruce told Football Insider.
“Then we’ve got other ones who kept their squad pretty much similar- the likes of Sheffield United- and done really well.
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“It all depends on what the manager wants, what he thinks he needs and being savvy in the transfer market, not going and spending ridiculous amounts and putting themselves at risk.
“It’s just a case of being sensible and strengthening where they feel it will suffice.”
One of those signings looks set to be Wigan Athletic striker Joe Gelhardt, after a breakthrough in talks.
Football Insider revealed on Friday that the 18-year-old has agreed personal terms with the Yorkshire giants, alongside Fulham right-back Cody Drameh.
Marcelo Bielsa’s men will be playing Premier League football next season following a 16 year absence from England’s top-flight.
The Whites held their nerve to clinch the Championship title with two games remaining, eventually finishing 10 points clear of nearest challengers West Brom.
This achievement resulted in Bielsa being named the LMA Championship Manager of the Year, although he was pipped to the top prize by Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.
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