Any hopes of Leeds United signing a winger ‘likely rely on one of the understudies moving on’, according to Joe Donnohue.
Club Brugge’s Noa Lang and Manchester United’s Dan James have been identified as potential wide targets for Leeds this summer. A long-standing interest in Ryan Kent could also escalate (via The Athletic’s Phil Hay).
Leeds have spent £26.82million so far in the window, securing the services of Jack Harrison on a permanent deal, landing FC Barcelona’s Junior Firpo and bringing in Kristoffer Klaesson as a back-up for Illan Meslier.
There are still more than three weeks remaining in the transfer window, but Leeds’ Premier League opener against Manchester United on 14 August is creeping closer.
Donnohue says ‘the feeling is Leeds are not quite done in the transfer market’ and expresses confidence that there is ‘money to spend’ thanks to the Premier League’s broadcast deal.
Regarding a winger, he predicts that the departure of Ian Poveda or Helder Costa on loan could lead to an incoming.
Raphinha and Harrison hold ‘dominance over the wide areas’, so any arrival would likely be seen as cover and competition – the exact roles Poveda and Costa currently occupy.
A new winger shouldn’t be the priority for Leeds if there is to be only one more addition.
Ideally they would have stronger back-ups to their excellent first-choice pair, but a bigger concern is in central midfield.
Mateusz Klich’s loss of form in the latter half of last season suggests he might be something of a hindrance to Leeds, who should be harbouring ambitions of European qualification but face stern competition.
Kalvin Phillips meanwhile is in desperate need of an adequate deputy who can allow Marcelo Bielsa to rest his star man occasionally without a major drop-off in quality.
A signing like James or Lang may excite fans, but we don’t feel it should be Victor Orta’s top priority right now.
In other news, another Leeds target has emerged.
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