Now the season is coming to a close Leeds United must prepare for life in the Premier League. There are some important deals that need concluding before opening day rolls around next season. This is a short list of the business Leeds and Radrizzani should be prioritizing.
1.Renew Marcelo Bielsa
Marcelo Bielsa is everything to Leeds United. There are many people who have contributed to the success of Leeds over the last two years but make no mistake. This would not have happened without Bielsa. He is our most important bit of business in the summer. Radrizzani has done a couple of interviews over the last few days and seems very confident in Bielsa resigning. Orta and Bielsa have already started scouting and planning for the Premier League so it would be odd to see Bielsa walk away now. Angus Kinnear and Radrizzani have already said they will start discussing the contract this week so i dont expect it to be too long before it is announced.
2. Resigning Ben White on a permanent transfer
Ben White has played every single minute of Championship football for Leeds this season. Probably ensuring he will never have to play another minute of it for the rest of his career. He has been instrumental to our success and proved indispensable. He is on loan from Brighton with no loan to buy clause. Apparently Brighton have said he is worth £35 million and recently Brighton’s manager Graham Potter said he is very much in their plans for next season and they see him as part of their squad going forward. Liverpool have also been scouting him heavily throughout the season and seem interested. It will be a tough deal to get done with the price and competition but I wouldn’t rule it out. Radrizzani recently did an interview with West Yorkshire Sport Daily and said he expects us to break our transfer record and said it with a slight chuckle, perhaps indicating it could be beaten heavily. This is a good sign as White would definitely become Leeds record signing if he is brought back to Elland Road permanently. Whatever happens with White we need a first team quality centre back next season whether it is White or not.
3. Trigger Jack Harrison and Illan Meslier’s loan to buy clause’s
One of these has already happened. Leeds were very quick to resign Jack Harrison from Manchester City but with another year long loan with the same option to buy clause involved. This is a very smart move from the Leeds board. We get one of our star players back whilst freeing up cash to bring in other players with. Meslier also had a loan to buy clause in his contract. According too ‘getfootballnewsfrance’ Leeds have triggered this and contract talks are getting underway. This isn’t exactly surprising as he ended the season as our starter and looked very promising. Whether he will be good enough to start in the Premier League is debatable and with Kiko Casilla’s future in the air I wonder if Meslier wont be our only Goalkeeping arrival this summer.
4. Sign a long term left back
Dallas, Alioski, Douglas even Jack Harrison playing the whole left side on his own. Everyone short of Bielsa has played there this season and for a man who doesn’t like to change his squad around much quite a few players have tried their hand at left back. Barry Douglas seemed a great signing when he arrived from Wolves for £3 million in 2018/19. However he never really hit the heights he did at the Molineux. Dallas has been some fans player of the year this season and yes he has been exceptional this season but is he a premier league quality left back, im not so sure. Left back is a position we need to strengthen and this is the summer to invest in a left back for the long term future.
5. Find a Pablo Hernandez replacement
Sadly everyone grows old and Hernandez is no exception. The latter of this season we have seen Bielsa be strategical in his use of the Spaniard. I expect this to be similar in the Premier League. Although eight less games a seaon will definitly aid him as he will have much more recovery time between matches. We need a creative driving force going into next season. Someone who has the potential to hit double figures in goals and assists. This is a tall order and a player like this would not come cheap. Buendia of Norwich and Benrahma of Brentford have been two names Phil Hay says Leeds like the look of, its not surprising to see why. They may be slightly unrealistic as heavy competition and price tags will come with them. Buendia is more likely of the two with Norwich heading straight back down to the Championship and whether its in a white shirt or not Buendia looks certain to maintain in the Premier League next season.
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