Leeds United supporters in the Football Transfer Tavern are all hoping for a season that proves less dramatic than the 2013/14 campaign.
Elland Road was a scene of high drama for much of last season, with takeover arguments, managerial sackings – followed quickly by reappointments – and all of this was compounded by a disappointing 15th-placed finish in the Championship.
And the main reason Leeds didn’t find themselves sucked into a relegation battle, was thanks to the form of Ross McCormack in front of goal.
The Scotland international was one of the outstanding players in the Championship last season, scoring a whopping 28 goals in the process.
However, his departure from Leeds to Fulham has left a bitter taste in supporters’ mouths this week, with controversial owner Massimo Cellino claiming the 27-year-old had to be sold after he was ‘disrespected’ by him.
“I like to be in control of situations but it felt like he wasn’t my player,” Cellino said.
“I was disrespected, he was aggressive with me. He didn’t turn up for the tour and all the time he wanted to go from here. It wasn’t in my mind to sell McCormack, it wasn’t my plan, but I had no choice. He’s a bloody good player and I’m not going to pretend that he isn’t but he didn’t respect me and it wasn’t possible to keep him.”
One piece of good news to come out of the McCormack sale however, is that Fulham paid a whopping £11 million to secure his services – making him the most expensive player in Championship history.
Leeds now at least have some money available to rebuild their squad. Here we have identified five transfer targets who could be plying their trade at Elland Road next season.