After a successful season in the Sky Bet Championship campaign just gone, Leeds United fans are looking forward to 2017/18 with added vigour.
Leeds’ 2016/17 Championship campaign was a success tinged with a sense of regret, the Whites losing their grip on a play-off place after a 1-0 defeat to Wolves and not being able to make any headway on Fulham over their last three games.
Points-wise, it was a double-digit success over their last five seasons; it was 16 points better than last season and 19 points better than the one previous to that. In all, over the previous six campaigns in the Sky Bet Championship, this seasons return of 75 points was an average of 14 points better.
It is this improvement that has given Leeds fans that sense of hope that last season is to be a block to build on, fans saying that paramount to that is that the club pull out all the stops to sign up Garry Monk and his backroom staff to longer term contracts than those which run out at the end of this current contract period.
There are also plans afoot that will see current co-owner Andrea Radrizzani take up his full purchase option of the Whites any time soon, in doing so becoming the full owner of Leeds United.
Radrizzani has already held preliminary talks with Garry Monk, talks that will continue and he has already begun to restructure the board by bringing in former Real Madrid employee Ivan Bravo.
With all that is happening behind closed doors at Elland Road, Leeds fans such as Joe, below, are eager to know what is going on.
@reluctantnicko any Leeds in paper this weekend? What sort of spending are we looking at?
— Joe Atherton (@joetmatherton) May 12, 2017
Asking Sun journalist Alan Nixon, Joe simply wants to know whether there is anything on the Whites that will be revealed over the weekend, but it is Nixon’s reply to another question of Joe’s that will be enough to whet the appetites of Leeds fans as to what this summer may bring for them.
Responding to the initial question, Nixon affirms that there’s enough going on “behind the scenes” before admitting that there’s nothing really concrete enough to commit to print. However, it is Nixon’s second reply to a question about Leeds’ potential recruiting policy that will be enough to make some Leeds fans ears prick up and their minds to start going into overdrive.
Whilst it is merely his opinion, Sun journalist Nixon thinks that, with Leeds’ appointment of Bravo, their recruitment policy will be directed towards looking out beyond the domestic market for player.
Nixon’s thoughts that “there will be some foreign talent chased” obviously takes account of the connections and links that Bravo will have picked up over the course of his work with the likes of Real Madrid and the Aspire Academy in Qatar.
In previous summer transfer windows, Leeds United’s “foreign talent” search usually involved combing the Italian leagues, with last summer’s arrivals of Alfonso Pedraza, Pablo Hernández and Hadi Sacko representing a step up in class over the likes of Edgar Çani, Zac Benedicic et al.
Leeds fans will be hoping this summer will be a step higher again thanks to Ivan Bravo’s connections.