There’s a lot for Leeds United fans to be getting excited for at the moment. After the doldrums of little transfer activity, things are definitely picking up pace.
Early yesterday the dependable Phil Hay, reporter for the Yorkshire Evening Post, said that Leeds United had had a bid accepted for Wolves’ impressive machine of a left-back in Barry Douglas. Fans didn’t baulk at the fact he could cost £5 million, but got a welcome surprise with news it could be as low as £3 million.
Then late last night came round-a-bout news that the Matej Vydra deal was back on with Derby wanting him gone and Martyn Waghorn brought in as his replacement. That particular story went in to hyperdrive with the news that Vydra has been spotted in Leeds city centre this afternoon.
Cue scenes, cue limbs and cue much excitement to the degree that the release of the squad numbers has been but a blot on an excitement-filled landscape for Leeds United fans.
— Leeds United (@LUFC) July 26, 2018
But even these squad numbers tell their own story – a story of three arrivals.
Leeds United fans, cast your mind back to when the squad numbers were released for the 2016/17 season. There was a number missing, the number 26 if you remember correctly. Cue ‘he’s signing’ hysteria about Liam Bridcutt. Result? Well Liam Bridcutt signed.
It’s funny isn’t it that the three numbers missing are pretty important numbers too: number 3, number 5, and number 9. It’s almost as it their omission is telling us something. But what could that prompting be ? Well here’s what I think.
The fact that those three numbers have been missed off the squad list is MASSIVELY important, because it is almost like they are being saved for someone…well some three really.
I mean, let’s consider #3 – that was Barry Douglas’ old squad number from Wolves last season. What about #9 – the traditional number given to a striker such as Matej Vydra – well he can’t have #23 as that’s reserved for Kalvin Phillips. That only leaves us to ponder on #5 – a traditional number given to a centre-back.
Two down #3 and #9 with Douglas and Vydra. One to go with #5 – announce signing number three please Leeds United.