Leeds United problem position finds £17m …

Leeds United problem position finds £17m

position finds £17m solution after seven transfer windows and puzzling four-year absence

Between January 2018 and June 2022, Leeds United went seven transfer windows without signing a central midfielder, a position which ultimately required significant upheaval when the time came to replace the likes of Mateusz Klich, Kalvin Phillips and Adam Forshaw.

Marc Roca, Tyler Adams and Weston McKennie came and went, all within the space of 12 months – middling form, stylistic incompatibility, injury and exit clauses the various reasons behind their collective departure last summer. Leeds were, on the face of it, back to square one, needing an entirely new midfield after boldly stating the club’s aim to win promotion back to the Premier League at the first time of asking. Big job, that.

In a matter of weeks, they signed three for a combined £17 million – less than what was paid for Adams alone – and promoted one from the Under-21s. As a result, Leeds find themselves arguably stocked better than any of their positional or divisional rivals. Three are active full internationals, boasting discernibly different skillsets but fulfil the roles asked of them by Daniel Farke; the other is a versatile England youth international, closing in on 3,000 senior minutes in his first campaign as a professional footballer, yet to turn 18.

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