Conor Gallagher snub could be Leeds' big miss from transfer window
Leeds produced one of the most notable deals of the final day of the summer transfer window by bringing Dan James to Elland Road.
A move for James has somewhat divided fans on social media. Many are excited that Marcelo Bielsa has added another long-term target to his ranks.
However, the Whites appear to have taken a big risk, parting with £25 million to sign the Wales international.
Some have their doubts James will go on to prove good value for money.
For other fans however, the big problem is that Leeds have signed another winger and let the window close without strengthening their central midfield options.
It did seem that Bielsa’s squad were in need of further reinforcements in that position in front of Kalvin Phillips.
Leeds do have options. Stuart Dallas was outstanding last season. Mateusz Klich has been a superb performer throughout Bielsa’s tenure. And Adam Forshaw has been involved this season.
But Dallas is not naturally a central midfielder, Klich looks at his best playing slightly further forward, and Forshaw has not played a league game in almost two years.
And that is why missing out on Conor Gallagher is arguably threatening to be reflected upon as Leeds’ big miss from an encouraging summer.
The Whites made a big play to take Gallagher on loan. In fact, TEAMtalk claimed that he had been shown around Thorp Arch as Leeds looked to get a deal done.
Gallagher loan would have been icing on cake for Leeds’ transfer window
But ultimately, Gallagher opted for Crystal Palace. And the Eagles have already seen what he can do.
He scored twice in the draw with West Ham at the weekend. His second goal was a moment of brilliance.
Obviously, the brace highlighted the quality he provides. But it is also easy to see why Bielsa would be keen on the youngster.
He can play almost anywhere in the middle of the park. And with his energy, he would arguably fit seamlessly into Leeds’ side.
Leeds look to have ended the window with depth in every other position. And had they landed Gallagher, they would have surely been in a fantastic position.
They will not have too many complaints about their window. But not landing the Chelsea starlet may certainly prove to be one.