Leeds United supporters have been drowning their sorrows in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their side’s miserable Championship run continue courtesy of a 2-1 defeat at home to Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.
Paul Heckingbottom’s men went into their encounter with their Yorkshire rivals having won just one of their previous 13 league matches, a run of form which has all but put pay to their hopes of a top six finish. And the Whites were unable to get back to winning ways at Elland Road on Saturday either as an Atdhe Nuhiu double either side of a Jay-Roy Grot equaliser clinched all three points for Jos Luhukay’s Wednesday, thus instigating Leeds’ fall to 14th place in the Championship table.
Subsequently, there have been many downbeat and disappointed Leeds fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are sincerely hoping that their side can finish the season strongly and thus build momentum heading into the 2018/19 campaign.
In the meantime though, there has been plenty for our resident Leeds supporters to get their teeth into, not least recent reports linking them with a move for Barnsley defender Andy Yiadom.
And while there’s little doubt that he’d be a useful addition to the Leeds squad, the Yorkshire giants should instead turn their attentions to landing £4.5 million-rated Joel Ward (as per Transfermarkt) on a free transfer come the end of the season.
Ultimately, the 28-year-old has played at the top level for Crystal Palace for many years now, with 156 Premier League appearances to his name since he helped the Eagles win promotion to the top-flight back in 2013.
In fact, the right back was an ever-present for the London-based club last season in their incredible survival mission to underline his excellent consistency and overall ability to perform week in, week out, and it’s the sort of consistency that Leeds will need next season if they are to sustain a promotion bid.
And while injury has forced him to miss all but one of their last 16 Premier League games, that shouldn’t detract from Ward’s efforts for the club in the last few years – there was even some talk that he might be in line for an England call-up such were his impressive performances.
And having that level of consistency, top-flight experience, and know-how in getting over the line in the Championship could be invaluable for Heckingbottom’s men next season, and with Ward’s contract at Palace up in the summer (as per Transfermarkt), he could well be on the lookout for his next adventure.
Thus, the Yorkshire outfit simply must opt against a move for Yiadom this summer, and instead do all they can to lure Ward to Elland Road.
Leeds fans… what do you think? Let us know!