Leeds United have been relatively quiet in the transfer market this summer but appear to be waking up. They have made a move for Barry Douglas of Wolves, solving their problems at left-back in the process.
Other deals have, unfortunately, fallen by the wayside. Kyle Bartley was linked with a return to Leeds at the start of the summer but he eventually headed to West Brom.
Abel Hernandez was also offered a deal and a fee was agreed for Matej Vydra. The pair’s wage demands have stopped those deals going any further for the moment.
Leeds have also snapped up Jamal Blackman and Lewis Baker on loan from Chelsea. The transfer activity certainly highlights one thing. Director of football Victor Orta appears to have learned his lesson from 12 months ago.
Douglas won the Championship last season. Blackman was Sheffield United’s number one. Baker was at Middlesbrough. Both Vydra and Hernandez have excellent scoring records in the Championship. Orta is finally targeting players with experience at this level.
Last summer Leeds signed the likes of Ezgjan Alioski, Samuel Saiz, Pierre-Michel Lasogga, Felix Wiedwald, Mateusz Klich, Jay-Roy Grot and Caleb Ekuban. Some have been successful but, the majority have flopped. The common denominator? None of them had played in the Championship before.
Leeds still need to make some more signings if they are to challenge in the Championship next season. But at least it seems they are finally going for the right sort of player.