Leeds United will be hoping for a solid summer as they look to rebuild and put behind them the disappointment of missing out on promotion to the Premier League.
Marcelo Bielsa’s men were superb throughout the season but ultimately fell short at the crucial moments, and now, with Bielsa’s future still unresolved, the club are entering a period of uncertainty.
Another issue too is the speculation surrounding some of their star players, with the likes of Jack Clarke and Kalvin Phillips consistently linked with moves away, something which could be a big blow if either do get a move from Elland Road to pastures new.
However, Leeds still remain an attractive Championship option for many a player, and one man who has been linked with a move to the club this week is Manchester City midfielder Fabian Delph, who has found regular game time hard to come by at the Etihad.
We here at the Tavern though feel that signing Delph could be a big risk for Leeds, with the 29-year-old not exactly the sort of player who is going to go winning games on his own for the Whites.
While Delph does have that big game and top-flight experience in the locker, his wages could be a massive problem for Leeds, and there has to be an argument to be made that this type of money could be better invested elsewhere in the squad at Elland Road.
The appeal is there of course for both parties – Delph spent his early days with Leeds – but if they are serious about promotion, then chancing their arm elsewhere really should be the way forward for the Whites.
Delph would bring quality in midfield, but his age, overall wage packet and lack of attacking attributes mean that Leeds might well be better suited to shift their focus onto other targets.
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