Danny Mills has been reacting to a revelation on Leeds United’s summer transfer plans from Victor Orta.
The Lowdown: Orta outlines plans
The director of football at Elland Road told The Athletic’s Phil Hay Show earlier on in the week that he wants all new signings to arrive at the Yorkshire club by the end of June ahead of a full pre-season.
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With Euro 2020 set to start on the 11th, that may be difficult if they are looking to bring anyone in who is playing in the tournament, but it is admirable that they want to get their business done as early as possible in order for them to be fully prepared ahead of another season in the Premier League.
The Latest: Mills on transfer plans
Mills, who is now a pundit after playing for the Whites as a footballer, has since given this thoughts to Football Insider on the plans, and claims that they will hugely benefit Marcelo Bielsa’s team if they go through:
“You shouldn’t be looking at targets now.
“You shouldn’t wait for the end of the season. You should identify targets in January, February, March and April.
“What position do we need to fill? You’ve seen your players for long enough now. You’ll be looking all over Europe, who’s available? Who fits into that? You have your A target, B target and C target of who you’re going to try and bring in.
“It shouldn’t be that difficult, it’s sometimes about how players feel and whether they want to come. That’s sometimes what it can all be about.
“We’ve seen it before. A lot of managers have got their business done very early in the transfer window and it helps everybody. It’s a huge benefit to absolutely everybody at Leeds in that situation. It’s good for the players and it’s good for the managers. It works. Simple as that.”
The Verdict: Clever business
It is always better for a club to be doing any of their transfer business as early as possible, as it can lead to panic buys and sales if they do not.
Ideally, Bielsa will want to know what his squad is going into the new campaign, and have as much time as possible to work with all of them throughout pre-season.
This means that the players would all be fully prepared and so the Whites would give themselves the best possible opportunity of getting off to a good start in the top flight.
Nonetheless, it is certainly encouraging for LUFC fans to hear that Orta would like to get all of his new signings in by the end of June, as they look to improve upon what was a fine first season back in the EPL.
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