One of Leeds United’s biggest battles this summer may be keeping hold of players, rather than bringing new ones in.
The likes of Kalvin Phillips and Jack Clarke are exciting young English talents and Premier League teams are already being credited with an interest in the pair.
On the face of it, losing either one of these talented individuals would seem like a massive blow to Leeds.
However, they should look at the two teams that beat them to automatic promotion this season before jumping to that conclusion.
Last summer, both Sheffield United and Norwich City lost their two brightest sparks.
As reported by the Bournemouth Echo, Bournemouth paid £11.5 million for Blades youngster and Welsh international David Brooks. Leicester City paid even more for Norwich City’s star talent James Maddison. The England international cost a fee reported by the Daily Mail to be in the region of £24 million.
At that point in time, not many would have either of those teams penciled in to win promotion the next season.
However, both teams used the money wisely, brought in the right players and will be playing a division higher than Leeds next season.
Leeds tried a similar tactic last term with the sale of Ronaldo Vieira and came painfully close. The same tactic might have to be applied this summer, despite reports of Middle East riches.