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Leeds set to fall further behind Derby following Martyn Waghorn deal

Leeds set to fall further behind Derby following Martyn Waghorn deal

The arrival of Marcelo Bielsa at Elland Road was – at least from the fans perspective – supposed to usher in a new era with talented players arriving to support the Argentine in his bid to take Leeds back into the Premier League, but the reality has not matched expectation in the weeks which have followed his appointment. 

With only two new signings to report, namely Jamaal Blackman and Lewis Baker, it’s fair to say that it’s business as usual for Leeds United despite plenty of rumours linking them with a whole host of players.

Meanwhile, the arrival of Frank Lampard has enabled Derby County to sign Harry Wilson, Mason Mount, Florian Jozefzoon and now a deal for Martin Waghorn is beckoning for the Rams.

According to a recent report from Sky Sports, Ipswich Town have accept a bid worth £8 million for the proven Championship goalscorer, adding further legitimacy to their promotion hopes in the process.

The 28-year-old attacker has been something of a journeyman in his career as he prepares to join his 9th club.

He has never quite been prolific in-front of goal, but the fact he scored 16 goals and provided 13 assists from just 44 appearances in the Championship last season suggests he knows how to succeed in the 2nd tier of English football.

With a record as impressive as that, it’s no wonder Derby decided to pay £8 million to secure his signature, and their latest move has put them in a fantastic position to push for promotion next season.

Meanwhile, Leeds’ window is yet to truly take off, and with time running out before the new season it’s an incredibly concerning time for the club.

Unless the hierarchy at Leeds are willing to take a leaf out of Derby’s book in the next fortnight by signing a handful of quality players, it seems incredibly unlikely that the Whites will be in with a shout of a top-six finish at the end of the season.

Naturally, the club will have high expectations of Bielsa due to his esteemed career in the game, but he is far from a miracle worker and neither Andrea Radrizzani or the Leeds supporters can expect him to mastermind a promotion bid without the right resources.

Whilst promotion-rivals such as Derby County continue to strengthen in the transfer market, Leeds are in serious danger of being left well behind the promotion-chasing pack next season.

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