With just over a week left in the transfer window, it seems that Leeds United have a lot of deadwood to shift.
Vurnon Anita and Ouasim Buoy have reported back to Thorp Arch for training, while the likes of Laurens De Bock and Yosuke Ideguchi both remain on the books.
All of the above players have been linked with a move away from Elland Road this summer, but for one reason or another, their departures are yet to be finalised.
The fact that these moves haven’t gone through yet may not be the worst thing in the world for Leeds.
Leeds United are currently being quoted at X by the best football tipsters to win automatic promotion this season. Considering the changes in the squad, you could do worse than to bet against Leeds going straight up – and put your money on a play-off promotion.
Leeds were let down last season by a lack of squad depth as injuries piled up, and bringing a number of these players back into the fold could actually benefit the Whites.
For all the criticism Anita has gotten from Leeds fans, he’s a former Netherlands international with Champions League experience, and he can cover multiple positions as he can play either at full-back or in the midfield.
The same goes for Buoy – after the sales of Pontus Jansson and Aapo Halme, Leeds only have three senior centre-backs so having the Dutchman as their fourth choice surely wouldn’t be a bad thing, especially when you consider the number of injuries they had last season.
A look at Leeds’ bench in the playoff semi-final second leg last year shows precisely what they could bring to the side. Bielsa’s bench included four players who had played less than three league games that season, an unfit Jansson and an inexperienced Jack Clarke.
During crunch matches like this would you rather be able to call upon international players from the bench such as Ideguchi and Anita or be forced to hand debuts to inexperienced teenagers like Robbie Gotts or Mateusz Bogusz?
Indeed, Leeds may want to get all of these players off their books, but if they have to stay it wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world.
Leeds kick off their Championship season away to fellow promotion rivals Bristol City on Sunday. The Whites are priced at 2.50 to win at Ashton Gate which is one of the best football tips available on the opening weekend of the new season.
A win for Leeds would make all the squad worries disappear.
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