For some Leeds United fans, transfer windows should be treated like houses on soon-to-be demolished estates in that they should be windows that are firmly nailed shut.

These are fans that have seen themselves trolled by the club’s own Twitter page. These are fans that have seen a procession of Serie C/B nobodies paraded as signings. These are fans that have seen deals fall apart to nothing at literally the 11th hour.

In that respect, it’s safer for Whites fans that such windows are avoided. Yet, after last season stretching resources to threadbare, and exploiting weaknesses in the line-up. these fans were hoping that they’d see a number of signings made to push stronger for the Premier League in their centenary year.

Not so. Well, that’s what it looks like.

Phil Hay, writing in the Yorkshire Evening Post, quotes Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani as saying there’s the likelihood of a “difficult” transfer window ahead. Whites fans are already used to ‘difficult’ windows, what could be any different?

Quoting a speech that Radrizzani gave to the FT Business in Football Summit, Hay writes that the Whites owner’s take on it was: “We’ll have to run a difficult summer in terms of the transfer market but we have a great academy.”

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That admission that Leeds intend to do things that way, almost smacks of doing it on the cheap. After going so close last season, fans were hoping for some level of marquee purchase or at least a seasoned pro or two in key positions.

Instead, they are likely to get kids. Yes, the academy set-up at Elland Road is good, but is it Premier League promotion good? It was bound to be an admission that got Leeds United fans talking and commenting on social media. That was definitely the case; here’s what some of them had to say.

Radrizzani warns of transfer difficulties ahead – Leeds fans respond

This final one might be an idea to get some cash into the club coffers.

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