Leeds United fans would be forgiven in thinking that last season’s endeavours in finishing 7th would have acted as a catapult for improvement this season. As it has been seen, this season has been more of a slingshot from 7th to deserved mid-table mediocrity.
Leeds United fans will be quick to tell you that the transfer policy initiated by the Andrea Radrizzani-backed Victor Orta hasn’t fully paid off. Players such as Spaniard Samu Saiz and Macedonian Ezgjan Alioski have proved to be the success stories of Orta’s recruitment. But there are others such as Pawel Cibicki and Mateusz Klich who counter that success.
The Whites have come out and said quite unequivocally that transfer plans are being formulated, targets identified and this would signal a sense of planning aforethought. However, other observers are quick to note that there won’t be significantly more in the transfer pot this summer than there was last summer – perhaps signifying the direction that Leeds United will be taking in player acquisition.
With the Whites needing bodies in more than one place on the field, here are five players who United simply need to snap up. The first one is a must sign that needs to happen quickly.
Pablo Hernandez (Leeds United)
A total no-brainer of a signature is this one. Hernandez is currently at the club, known to all and is loved by the fans. He’s a creative spark in an often dull Leeds United side and able to kickstart a game into life with the drop of a shoulder or the playing of a killer pass. As the old saying goes, it is better the Devil you know than the Devil you don’t and Leeds United know Pablo Hernandez.
Since arriving from Qatari side Al Arabi on loan in January 2017, the diminutive Spaniard has shown Leeds fans just what Premier League class can bring to a second-tier outfit. At times he is unplayable, and this is more often than not. This season he has scored seven Sky Bet Championship goals and provided eight assists. For those figures alone the Whites management team should be beating down his door and making sure the ink is on the dotted line.
Up next are two players who could be signed with just one aim.