The Leeds United fans in the Transfer Tavern are feeling confident ahead of the new season with Marcelo Bielsa at the helm, and recent reports have given them further reason to be optimistic about the direction in which the club is heading.
With Bielsa in charge of the Whites the feeling around Leeds has transformed from one of jarring pessimism into one which is characterised by a newfound belief that perhaps the club are finally edging towards a genuine promotion charge.
However, the club cannot solely rely on Bielsa to work wonders without adequate funds to put his own personal stamp on the team, and recent reports suggest that Andre Radizzani is set to back him in the transfer market with a big-money acquisition.
According to the Bristol Post (via Hartlepool Mail), Leeds are interested in signing Bristol City’s Joe Bryan this summer in a deal which could set them back £10 million.
Whilst the proposed deal is far from cheap, it’s one which would dramatically improve Leeds’ defence and give them a significant edge on the left-side of their team.
Bryan is undoubtedly one of the best defenders in the Championship and could quite easily make the step up to the Premier League based on his performances last season, so there’s no doubt the signing would represent a genuine statement of intent from the club.
The marauding full-back scored 7 goals and provided 3 assists during a glowing season which also saw him play a starring role in the Robins’ shock 2-1 victory over Manchester United in the Carabao Cup.
In a slightly more advanced role, Bryan did a tremendous job of working the length of the touchline to prevent Marcus Rashford from impacting the game on the right-wing, and his sensational strike which opened the scoring was one worthy of winning any match of football.
£10 million will certainly take a sizeable chunk out of Leeds’ transfer budget, but based on his performances for Bristol City last season it’s a price well worth paying.
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