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Football News: A Few Reasons Why Leeds United Didn't Have A Great Transfer Window

A Few Reasons Why Leeds United Didn't Have A Great Transfer Window

I see all over social media, and my mates saying the same, that Leeds United had a great transfer window, an amazing window! And yet I can't help feeling a little disappointed, underwhelmed, frustrated. Why you ask?

Well, let me tell you a few reasons why. Max Aarons and Luke Thomas would have been two signings I would have been delighted with had we still been in the Premier League (Prem). Hearing we were after them now we are in the Championship got me excited because I'll be honest, I've heard of them, have seen them play, and frankly a lot of players we were linked with when Orta was pulling the strings were players I hadn't seen much of, and were not proven in the British leagues. They are exactly what in my opinion we should have been signing in the Prem. So I wasn't surprised that Premier teams swooped in and got them, that's the frustrating part.

What's disappointing is that we are screaming out for someone at LB and that's even if Farke has Firpo in his plans and, Junior avoids further injury once he returns from the one keeping him out now, and suspensions from all the yellow cards he will pick up if he plays. We still need a natural LB because Hjelde is a CB not a natural LB and even at CB he is not good enough for a promotion push. It baffles me this area of the team has not been strengthened. Instead we have moved for a RB with what seems more urgency, and after failing with Aarons, we have Spence in. There are some questions over his attitude, but fair enough, I think he gets the chance and is a good signing if he performs as he has at this level previously, but with Shacks and Ayling in my opinion a LB should have been a more urgent signing.

Maybe more worryingly is no creative player brought in. We badly need one! Yes, they do not grow on trees and to find another Pablo for example, isn't easy, but that said, we didn't break the bank to get him, so they can be found. I think it is more essential as well because of Farke and the way he wants us to play. Because despite many believing that under Bielsa we couldn't defend, when actually we could in the Championship and conceded the least in the division when we were crowned champions, and conceded less than (Farke's) Norwich when they went up as champions. Take that in a second! We conceded less goals than the champions? Yes, but Norwich scored a lot of goals! Farke's Norwich outscored Bielsa's Leeds. Farke himself has said how many goals are needed to get out of this league! So where are they coming from without a creative midfielder being brought in? With Harrison gone?

Quality over quantity!, indeed. I will agree that for the Championship. We have brought in quality with the exception of Darlow, whom I see as a cup keeper and we are already out of a cup - doh! and Messlier is a different story, but we are naming two keepers on the bench because our squad is so short of numbers. Yes, quality is the most important thing, but we should have identified priority incomings for positions like LB and playmaker before officially even kicking a ball in anger in this league!

And if we are loaning players out like Greenwood then letting Dramah go, then we need options and numbers in because it isn't just Archie that needs to be managed properly with game time, but other youngsters that might be called upon, and at this rate, a number of them could be needed during the season. Quality over quantity - absolutely in the Prem when you have no Euro football to play, but in the hard reality of the Championship, you play twice a week and need essentially 2 teams.

Farke knows what the league is all about. I'm just still a bit baffled.

Written by MotArchiewithagoal September 01 2023 09:57:42


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