The Lowdown: Academy additions on the cards
The Whites are working on bolstering Jesse Marsch’s senior squad by already signing Brenden Aaronson in a big-money transfer. Rasmus Kristensen looks set to be the next first-team arrival, however, Victor Orta is still looking to add to the club’s academy ranks.
Phil Hay has claimed that Birmingham City midfielder George Hall and West Ham forward Sonny Perkins are on the club’s U23s radar, and another young attacking target also seems to be catching the club’s eye.
The Latest: Smyth’s claim
Smyth shared a story for The Yorkshire Evening Post on Thursday evening to provide a transfer update.
The reliable reporter touched on moves for Kristensen, links to Hall and Celtic goalkeeper Rory Mahady before adding that Leeds are looking at a ‘16-year-old forward plying his trade in the Midlands’ who is wanted by a ‘number of other Premier League clubs’.
The Verdict: Senior striker needed too
It’s good to see that Orta is still looking to bring some of the best young talent to Elland Road, with the Whites reaping the rewards in the first team over recent years when it comes to players like Illan Meslier and Joe Gelhardt.
However, although the club look to be eyeing up to four academy signings, they should prioritise bringing in a senior striker due to Patrick Bamford’s injury struggles last season.
The 28-year-old started just seven league games due to a number of problems, so after signing Kristensen, it would be wise if the club brought in a proven forward to potentially partner Bamford in a 4-4-2 or 4-2-2-2 system under Jesse Marsch.
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