Leeds United fans in the Transfer Tavern are absolutely delighted that the season has finally ended and the punters propping up the bar are now looking forward to the summer window.
The Whites have missed out on a play-off place yet again following a dreadful season at Elland Road. After only eight months in charge, Thomas Christiansen was dismissed in February following a dismal run of form. Paul Heckingbottom became the ninth manager of the club since 2014.
Heckingbottom has a huge job on his hands in the summer to transform the Leeds squad. New signings are a must if the Whites are to challenge for the promotion places and finally return to the Premier League.
A new centre-back must be high on the agenda with reports suggesting Leeds will attempt to make Kyle Bartley’s loan move from Swansea a permanent one but manager Carlos Carvajal refused to be drawn on the speculation. Should the move for Bartley fall through, Leeds should make an ambitious offer for Arsenal’s Rob Holding.
The 22-year-old is valued at £6.3m by Transfermarkt and has been restricted to just ten Premier League appearances for the Gunners this season. Despite his lack of game time, Holding is determined to be a success at the Emirates and recently penned a new two-year contract extension.
When the Gunners appoint a new manager, a new centre-back could follow him to North London following some dreadful defensive displays this season. A loan move could therefore be on the cards for Holding and Leeds should be quick to pounce should he become available.
The former Bolton man would instantly improve the side and become a key player at Elland Road.
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