Earlier today, Leeds United announced the signing of Jamal Blackman on a season long loan deal from Premier League side Chelsea.
Blackman becomes the second player to switch Stamford Bridge for Elland Road this summer, following in the footsteps of central midfielder Lewis Baker, who also joined Leeds on a season long loan.
In fact, these two make up two thirds of Leeds United’s transfer activity this summer. The only other player to join the club is 18-year-old full back Leif Davis, who signed from Sky Bet League Two side Morecambe, but he will join up with the under 23 side.
Leeds fans are growing increasingly frustrated with the club’s lack of business in the transfer market so far this summer, and it is clear to see why.
Sure, Blackman has shown that he is capable of performing in the Sky Bet Championship after a successful loan spell at Sheffield United last season, and he will be a good signing for Leeds United.
However, Phil Hay of the Yorkshire Evening Post has confirmed that there is no future clause in the deal that could see the move become permanent at the end of the 2018/19 Sky Bet Championship season.
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) July 16, 2018
Signing a player on loan is of course a good deal for that season, but it shows a lack of ambition moving forward. As soon as the season is over, Blackman (and Lewis Baker for that matter) will leave the club and the Whites will be back to square one.
To make matters worse for Leeds, they missed out on the permanent signing of goalkeeper David Stockdale.
If the Whites are to improve going forward and new boss Marcelo Bielsa is to build something special at Elland Road, Leeds United need to make some permanent signings as soon as possible.