New signings Jamaal Blackman and Lewis Baker were both once on the books at Middlesbrough. Blackman made a solitary appearance for Boro in 2014, and Baker played 14 times last season for the Teessiders.
But which other former-Middlesbrough loanees could gain more experience making the switch to Elland Road? Here are three players who have Championship experience, and could be beneficial to Leeds United’s hopes next season.
1. Jack Harrison (Winger – Manchester City)
Jack Harrison made the permanent switch from New York City FC to Manchester City last summer in a £4 million deal, and was immediately shipped out to Middlesbrough on a short-term loan.
The move didn’t work out for the winger however, as the timing of his season in the MLS had meant he hadn’t had any pre-season, and featured only a mere four times for Boro.
However, he did show some flashes of brilliance in his few moments on the pitch, and looked hungry to impress. Maybe Marcelo Bielsa will be the man to give him that chance.
2. Kenneth Omeruo (Centre-back – Chelsea)
Omeruo has been at Chelsea since 2012, but is yet to make an appearance for the Blues. The central-defender is a regular for Nigeria, and featured in the World Cup in Russia this summer.
He is a strong and quick defender, and is a threat from set-pieces. With the possible exit of Pontus Jansson from Elland Road, Omeruo could be a useful stop gap until a permanent solution is found.
The Nigerian has spent the last six years out on loan at different clubs, and Leeds United could be a favourable destination given his past exploits at Middlesbrough in this division.
3. Muhamed Besic (Central-midfield – Everton)
The Bosnian does look favourite to re-join Middlesbrough on a permanent deal this summer, but the Everton man could be swayed by the possibility of joining Leeds United on a season-long loan, if he does see a future at Goodison Park.
The central-midfielder impressed in his short-loan on Teesside, and is capable of controlling a game from the outset, beating a man and creating chances for his teammates. Besic could be a vital asset to United’s midfield.