Three ex-Leeds players the club should have signed instead of Sacko
COMMENT By Matt Farr
Leeds secured their first signing of the summer last week when they announced that they had extended the stay of on loan attacker Hadi Sacko.
The 23-year-old had spent last season on loan at Elland Road, but sealed a permanent move ahead of the summer when Leeds exercised an option-to-buy in his contract.
He signed from Sporting Lisbon on a three-year-deal, but fans had their reservations over a permanent deal after the attacker contributed just two goals and four assists from 42 appearances last season.
Therefore, Football Insider names three former Leeds players that the Championship club should have considered bringing back to Elland Road instead:
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Leeds might have struggled to convince Sam Vokes to drop down from Premier League life with Burnley to accepting Championship football for the indefinite future.
The 27-year-old striker made eight appearances for Leeds during his short loan spell in 2009, but he has since proven his value with impressive displays in the top-flight with Burnley.
A Wales international, Vokes would be of great value to Leeds given his goalscoring pedigree, with Leeds struggling for reliable cover for lead goalscorer Chris Wood.
He scored 10 goals from 37 appearances in the Premier League last term, which is not a bad return considering they finished 16th in the table with just 39 goals scored as a team.
The 29-year-old attacker quit Leeds for French outfit St Etienne in 2011, following an impressive four-year spell with the club.
From his 85 appearances in all competitions, he contributed 25 goals and 13 assists, proving to be a prolific addition to the Leeds attacking ranks.
However, since returning to England with Bournemouth n 2015, Gradel has struggled for regular opportunities.
He made just 11 appearances for the Cherries last season, it was revealed in April that he wanted to leave the club in a bid to secure more first-team football.
His chances of success if he were return to Leeds could have been hit-and-miss, but he would surely have proven a more prolific attacking option than Sacko.
Fans will no doubt have been torn over a potential move for ex-Leeds goalscorer Ross McCormack, but the 30-year-old could have provided another goalscoring option.
McCormack has struggled to settle down following his move to Aston Villa at the start of last season, scoring just three times from 22 appearances.
After a fall-out with manager Steve Bruce he was loaned out to Championship rivals Nottingham Forest, where he netted only a single goal from seven appearances.
But with the Scotland international facing an uncertain future at Villa Park this summer, a move to Leeds could have been a favourable option for him to rediscover his best form.
He scored 58 goals and supplied 31 assists from 157 appearances in all competitions for Leeds across four seasons.