The constant talk of takeovers, budget conflicts and lack of ambition, has left Leeds United with just one key signing as July 1st grows closer, with teams now focusing on who will get them out of English football’s second tier. Neil Warnock will undoubtedly find himself in Simon Grayson’s shoes as little investment is currently available to strengthen a depleted squad.
Neil Warnock has often stated his desire to have at least two or three new faces in by the time pre-season starts, but with such cloudy confusion as to who will have control of the club come August, nobody is quite sure whether we can sign players as of yet. This time of year often brings some extravagant transfer talk, but Leeds United find themselves linked with many realistic acquisitions.
First on this list of realistic signings is Paddy Kenny. The Halifax born keeper has spent his career following in the footsteps of Neil Warnock, with the Yorkshire Evening Post claiming he will shortly be on his way. For me, a signing like this will prove sensible and practical to what Neil Warnock wants to achieve at Elland Road.
At 34, Paddy Kenny has the experience and quality to provide the basis for a solid back five this season, with the addition of Jason Pearce from Portsmouth, it could be the start of a rock solid defence. The only stumbling block in this case, is the Premier League wages Paddy Kenny takes home and of course the lack of depth in Ken Bates’ transfer treasure chest.
After a frustrating season, a gap has appeared in the centre of midfield. With Leeds lad Jonny Howson turning from white dove to canary (Norwich City), nobody of real quality has been brought in to muster a serious promotion push.
With a stretched transfer pot, I can’t see any real quality being brought in without investment. Neil Warnock will have to think long and hard about who could possibly fill the void of Jonny Howson, and this could be in the form of Sammy Clingan or Paul Green, who are both available on a free transfer. Having seen both midfielders play last season, Sammy Clingan has more in his locker to fit in well to my beloved Leeds’ central midfield. Surely Ken Bates can stretch to a transfer fee of £0.
In an ideal world, Leeds United would be bought out this week, with £5-10 million available for transfers. However, winning the lottery seems more likely at the moment, so rather than day dreaming my way to the Premier League, I see this next target as reliable and perfect for the Championship.
Tommy Smith of Queens Park Rangers, could well be set to join Paddy Kenny in reuniting with Neil Warnock. At the age of 32, Tommy Smith should not command a huge transfer fee, and will hopefully be happy with reduced wages as he looks to finish his career on a high. He bring bags of experience and could be instrumental in getting Leeds United back to the Premier League.