Leeds have had a very eventful summer. But while they made some very impressive signings, it was more the departures that became a feature of their transfer window.
The volume of players sent out on loan became a defining element of new manager Marcelo Bielsa’s first few months in charge.
There were players that the Argentinian believed simply would not make the grade, and they were quickly axed. Alongside chairman Andrea Radrizzani, the duo showed that they were not afraid to be ruthless, and it looks as though it is paying off.
According to The Yorkshire Evening Post, Bielsa compiled a list of ‘yes’, ‘no’ and ‘maybe’ players when he arrived. The ‘no’ players were obviously deemed a drain on resources and were swiftly shown the door, while the ‘maybe’ players were given a chance to prove themselves on loan, after struggling at Elland Road.
The likes of Vurnon Anita, Caleb Ekuban, Yosuke Ideguchi and Eunan O’Kane are effectively in last chance saloon in Yorkshire, and have been carted off to all corners of Europe to prove themselves.
But with Leeds sitting at the top of the Championship table after six games, no one can claim that Bielsa’s tactic hasn’t paid off thus far. He’s brought in some high quality players, particularly Barry Douglas, to really help the club’s push for promotion.
By removing these players, it not only frees up an extensive wage bill, but it improves the standard of the whole team; training will be more intense, and performances will be as well. It is just another sign of a club going in the right direction.
For Leeds fans, they can only hope that those loaned players come back with a new vigour and ability, if so, The Whites will be a ream to be reckoned with.