Leeds could end up spending over £100m this transfer window
02 Sep 2020 08:05 am, by Ellandback1
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Leeds suffer friendly defeat to Potters
With less then a fortnight until the baptism of fire at Anfield, a makeshift Leeds XI were put to the sword by Championship outfit Stoke City. Leeds were without Rodrigo, Koch Phillips, Cooper, Klich, Dallas and Alioski who were all on International duty whilst Forshaw and Roberts are injured (even though Roberts still made the bench). Casilla returned between the sticks, with Ayling at right back (also Captaining the team), Douglas, Casey, Struijk, Davis, Shackleton, Harrison, Costa, Hernandez and Bamford completed the side.
Goals from Collins, Gregory and Ince completed a miserable afternoon for the Whites. Should we read too much in to the LUFC makeshift XI? Which players will be out of their depth in the Premiership?
Phil Hay - Leeds could end up spending over 100m
Former Chief football writer for the YEP Phil Hay, has been discussing Leeds Summer acquisitions on the latest Ornstein and Chapman podcast. They consider whether or not Leeds fans should expect the spending spree to continue? The Whites have so far splashed out 62m on Rodrigo, Robin Koch, Joe Gelhardt, Cody Drameh, Sam Greenwood, Illan Meslier, Charlie Allen and Helder Costa. Phil said...
My understanding is that Bielsa is starting to soften on another centre-back. I think it’s likely that they will bring somebody else in. [They’ve] been linked with a player in Croatia [Josko Gvardiol]. They’re also keen on Axel Tuanzebe over at Manchester United and they will do another winger, number 10 type to make sure that they are covered there, but I think four or five signings tops, will be as far as they go in this window – I don’t think it will be excessive.
So, financially they might end up spending something close to what Fulham (£104.85m) and Villa (£143.19m) did after they were promoted, but I think in terms of the recruitment, it will look very different when it’s finished.
Will Leeds wait to secure signing?
Croatian teenage sensation Josko Gvardiol wants to help his present club Dinamo Zagreb qualify for the Champions League before committing his future to Leeds. The 18yo centre back wants to play against Hungarian outfit Ferencvaros, who beat Scottish Champions Celtic last week. The game is set to go ahead on 16th September. The Whites have already submitted a €20m offer (almost 18m) to the Zagreb giants which is believed to be close to being accepted. The report claims that Gvardiol will then pack his things and leave for England, but will Leeds wait another couple of weeks in order to land their player?