Former Leeds United striker Noel Whelan is confident that the Whites will be doing plenty more business in the summer transfer window.
The Lowdown: Leeds make transfer progress
Marcelo Bielsa has already made some progress this summer, signing left-back Junior Firpo from Barcelona, making up for the loss of Ezgjan Alioski.
The hope is that this is only the start of Leeds’ spending, however, as they look to make serious inroads ahead of another Premier League season.
The Latest: Whelan confident of more signings
Whelan fully believes that the addition of Firpo is only the start, telling Football Insider that those high up at the club will be working hard on signings.
The 46-year-old, who recently returned to Elland Road to take up a new role working in the community with the club’s Foundation, said:
“I’m sure the club have got their eyes on many people. They will be looking at other targets now.
“The Euros has finished now and business, it will get done. The club will want to get deals done as quickly as possibly. You want to get new faces into the squad as quickly as possible so they can get to know their teammates and get used to their surroundings.
“There is lots of work going on in the background to try and get these deals done. It is never as easy as you think. Victor Orta, Mr. Radrizzani and the manager will be doing a lot of work behind the scenes to get Leeds United to where they want.
“It is about giving Leeds the best chance of success next season.”
The Verdict: Busy summer ahead
It is vital that Leeds build on last season’s ninth-place finish, not resting on their laurels and hopefully pushing further towards the European places.
Now is the time for the club to be bold and bring in top-quality players in various areas of the pitch, allowing Bielsa to rotate his squad, keep it fresh but not lose quality at the same time.
This feels like a pivotal summer in the transfer market, so Leeds need to get it right or risk going backwards. One look at Sheffield United, who also finished ninth a year after promotion only to then end up bottom of the Premier League last season, offers a warning as to how quickly fortunes can change if the right moves aren’t made.
At least Whelan’s comments suggest that the Whites aren’t being complacent this summer.
In other news, Leeds have reportedly pulled out of a move for one player this summer. Find out who it is here.
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