Former Leeds United striker Noel Whelan says he expects the Whites to make several new signings this summer ahead of what could be a busy transfer window.
Marcelo Bielsa has built an impressive squad at Elland Road, as highlighted by his side’s 1-1 draw at home to Liverpool on Monday night.
Leeds are now sitting 10th in the table after an excellent first year back in the Premier League, but they cannot afford to rest on their laurels this summer. New faces could be brought in, allowing the Whites to go up another gear and potentially finish in the European places next season.
Whelan gives thoughts on Leeds’ summer business
Speaking to Football Insider, Whelan gave his thoughts on how he expects Leeds’ summer to pan out, with as many as four new faces coming in. He said:
“No club in the Premier League now or Championship is not preparing for next season.
“If they’re not working on a list of players in areas that they need or players that they would like or may be available, then there’s something wrong.
“Preparation, for me, usually starts around about end of January, February time, when you’re looking at someone for next season.
“Even with Covid, I don’t think that will have stopped. We know where they need players. They need players in central midfield, they need another striker, they need a natural left wing-back. There’s three straight away.
“Will they need another keeper if Kiko Casilla leaves? Absolutely. There’s four players straight away that they’ll be thinking about.”
Transfer Tavern take
It is imperative that Leeds continue to go in an upwards trajectory, which may only happen if the squad is strengthened sufficiently.
As Whelan has suggested, additions seem particularly important at left-back and in central midfield, with Ezgjan Alioski expected to leave and Kalvin Phillips arguably relied upon too much in the middle of the park.
Similarly, Kiko Casilla’s likely exit will mean that a backup to Illan Meslier is required, further showing why reinforcements will be needed in the coming months.
In other news, Leeds are reportedly interested in making a move for a Premier League ‘big six’ player this summer. Read more here.
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