If only they all had a positive impact, wouldn’t that be great? As with anything, not all decisions will work out, some may work out better than others. The same applies in football and more specifically, transfer dealings. To say the least, Leeds United have had mixed successes from their incomings over the past few years.
This season, Andrea Radrizzani has made fewer permanent signings in comparison to previous years- just the three in Barry Douglas, Patrick Bamford and Kiko Casilla. However, he has placed a greater emphasis on loan signings which have had mixed success with Jack Harrison impressing more as the season has gone on, in comparison to Lewis Baker, who struggled to get a starting place and his loan was then cut short.
Given some of the varied success of United’s transfers over the years, here are the two worst transfers of the last five years…
Wiedwald was brought in from Werder Bremen to be the club’s new number one in the summer of 2017.
In his first seven League games, he did, in fact, help keep six clean sheets. However, errors soon followed and they proved costly. Wiedwald eventually slipped to the bench for good in March and then did not make the matchday squad beyond April.
The 28-year-old re-signed for Eintracht Frankfurt at the end of the season and has since been on loan to MSV Duisburg.
Bellusci joined United in the summer of 2014 and did not have the best of times at Elland Road, to say the least. He had two seasons in West Yorkshire, with his time at the club overshadowed by defensive errors and, therefore, being seen as a clear liability at the back.
After the two campaigns, the Italian was then loaned out to Empoli. Upon returning from the loan in his homeland to join up for pre-season with Leeds, as he could not find a new club after seeking to leave, he was subsequently booed by fans in a pre-season friendly and it was not long before his contract was terminated.