A new era is dawning once again at Elland Road. With the departure of Steve Evans from the dugout, another brave man will face walking the tightrope of management that is Leeds United.
Whoever Massimo Cellino decides to employ next will have a task on their hands to change the mentality of the once great club. As the Championship becomes stronger every year, Leeds are forced to look toward the bottom of the league than the summit.
However, a summer of signing astute, hard-working, talented players could re-ignite the flame that has seemingly been unlit at Elland Road for over a decade.
Here are the Five Players that Leeds can’t afford to miss out on this summer.
Bridcutt spent the last half of the season on-loan at Elland Road and impressed with his dogged displays in midfield, even earning a recall to the Scotland squad in March.
The 27-year-old is keen to signed a permanent deal with Leeds but other teams, including Reading, have also expressed their interest in the Sunderland midfielder.
The top scorer in League Two last season, Matty Taylor is fast making a name for himself as one of the most prolific strikers in the football league.
With Rovers’ boss Darrell Clarke still one of the favourites to take the hot seat at Elland Road, Taylor may be the ideal candidate to replace the outgoing Mirko Antenucci.
If Clarke does take the reigns, expect Taylor to follow his manager to Yorkshire.
A long term target that Cellini almost signed in the last summer, Avenatti looks set to generate interest from Leeds once again.
The 23-year-old Uruguayan, who plays for Serie B side Ternana Calcio, has had another impressive season in Italy and could well be the perfect man to help Leeds improve their Championship form.
Another player who has impressed in the lower reaches of the football league, Tom Bradshaw has already been the subject of a £400,000 offer from Preston – an offer swiftly rejected by Walsall.
The 23-year-old’s goalscoring record for his current club is remarkable – the Welshman scoring a goal every two games. However, with an international cap and a fast growing reputation, it is thought that an offer nearer the £1m mark would have to be submitted in order for any discussions to take place.
Plenty of reports have suggested that Leeds’ scouts have been watching Dundee forward Greg Stewart for a number of games this season. The relatively unknown striker has been attracting the interest of a number of Scottish Premier League and English Championship clubs over the last 12 months.
Stewart has been nominated for the SFA Players’ Player of the Year for two seasons in succession and is thought to be ready to take the next step in his career. While the 26-year-old may not be the big name signing the many at Elland Road would want, he has been one of the most consistent players in Scotland for a number of years.