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Leeds United: Whites fans take to Twitter to deter club from signing Stewart Downing

Leeds United: Whites fans take to Twitter to deter club from signing Stewart Downing

With another season in the Championship just over the horizon for Leeds United, it is of the utmost importance that they get their recruitment spot on this summer if they harbour any dreams of securing their long-awaited return to the Premier League in 2020.

Therefore, with an abundance of players set to become available for transfer between now and August, Bielsa must be proactive in the market.

By getting his business done early, the Argentine could create the foundations needed to better Leeds’ third-place finish in the Championship during the 2018/19 campaign.

However, having benefitted from giving the club’s youth players a chance to strut their stuff at Elland Road, Bielsa would arguably be taking a step backwards by targeting Stewart Downing this summer.

Released by Middlesbrough on Thursday, the 34-year-old would be available on a free if Leeds do sign him yet if they do, they may be making a serious error.

Although Downing is a very experienced operator at Championship level, when you consider that he only managed to score two goals and provide one assist for the Smoggies last season, it is not guaranteed that he will be able to make the impact required at Elland Road.

Reacting to the possibility of the winger making the switch to West Yorkshire, loads of Leeds fans took to Twitter to warn their club about the risks of bringing in the former England international.

Instead of wasting their time focusing on Downing, the Whites could find more joy from bringing in an exciting young prospect on loan from the Premier League.

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