Leeds United failed in their quest to reach the Premier League during 2018/19. After holding a top two place for a lot of the campaign they suffered an end of season collapse and were beaten by Derby County in the play-offs.
The disappointment will take some time to get over but if Marcelo Bielsa remains in charge it will be up to him to put it right next season.
Some players will probably depart the club. Kalvin Phillips, Jack Clarke and Kemar Roofe were the team’s key players during the campaign and could attract interest.
It seems certain that the Whites will strengthen the squad once more though and some new players should arrive in West Yorkshire during the window.
The one that got away
Some news has emerged recently that might have Leeds ruing a decision they took not to sign a player back during the January transfer window.
A report from The Mirror in October claimed that Bielsa had shown interest in Luton full-back James Justin, to the point where he had watched him during a game against Barnsley at Oakwell.
Leeds opted not to make a move for the player. He has since helped Luton to the League One title and seen his value considerably increase.
News yesterday courtesy of the Daily Mail claims that Leicester are now keen to pay £5 million for the versatile full-back. That amount will surely rule Leeds out based on them not winning promotion.
Justin has proved his credentials in the lower leagues and there is no doubt he looks a very talented player. Capable of playing on both sides of the back four he is strong in the tackle and useful in defence and attack.
At 21, Justin would have fit perfectly into Bielsa’s young and energetic squad and if he does go to Leicester and prove a success, they might rue not signing him when they had the chance to do so.