Leeds United fans may be reluctant to take anything for granted while it is still mathematically possible for Marcelo Bielsa’s men to miss out on promotion this season, but it does appear that some of those working behind the scenes may already be looking at potential plans in case the Whites do get across the line.
The Daily Mirror reported at the weekend that Leeds plan to join the race to sign Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard this summer should they win promotion.
It looks to be a major statement of intent from the Whites. Edouard has been outstanding during his time with the Hoops, and has generally thrived in the club’s bigger games, at home and in Europe.
The Sun has suggested that bidding for the Frenchman could start at £25 million. And there is no shortage of interest.
The Daily Record reported in February that Newcastle United, Everton and Manchester United are amongst those also monitoring Edouard.
Leeds supporters may be forgiven therefore, for feeling somewhat pessimistic.
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But based on one deal the Whites got across the line this year, perhaps Bielsa’s men actually have reason to be much more hopeful.
Jean-Kevin Augustin’s loan move at Elland Road did not work out.
He seemed to struggle to get up to speed following his arrival in January. And it was telling that the club decided to not extend his loan for the final weeks of the season despite their shortage of options up front.
Nevertheless, there is no question that many Leeds fans initially felt Augustin’s arrival was a game-changer for the promotion-chasers.
And one of the reasons that they may have felt that way was the fact that Augustin snubbed late interest from fellow Edouard-admirers Manchester United to sign for the Whites (as reported by the Daily Mirror).
Admittedly, Augustin’s stock was not as high as Edouard’s arguably is. The latter finished last season with 28 goals in all competitions.
But with Leeds proving that they can see off some extremely high-profile competition for potential targets, there is every reason to believe that promotion could make them genuine players in the race to land Edouard – even if many write off their hopes.