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Speaking to West Yorkshire Daily on the BBC (6pm, 04/09), Managing Director of Leeds Angus Kinnear has offered his thoughts on an area where he feels the Whites have improved from last season, thus putting them at a significant step forward.
Despite losing to Swansea last weekend, Leeds have had an impressive start to 2019/20, being defeated just once in the league as they sit third.
Losing Pontus Jansson hasn’t cost them too much as they’ve conceded just three times and lie in a promising position in the table.
A large part of that has been down to the business they did in the summer. It may have been questionable to make six loan signings but it appears to have been a shrewd approach and one that the club specifically targeted.
Speaking to the BBC, Kinnear said that their temporary moves was a strategy they wanted to strengthen, mentioning how this year’s team is now better off because of who they brought in. He said:
“We look back at last year and what didn’t work as well as it should have done and the loan window was one of those. Our loan strategy was one of the things which didn’t deliver in the way we wanted it to.
“We know how important loans can be and I think this year the players we’ve brought in and what they’ve shown already puts us at a significant step forward from where we were last year.”
It’s fair to say that because of their business during the summer, Leeds are in fact better off, even if Kemar Roofe and Jansson left.
Last season Leeds carried some passengers, particularly in the loan department as barring Jack Harrison, their temporary signings rarely played.
They brought in three men from Chelsea including Lewis Baker, Izzy Brown and Jamal Blackman but they played a combined 18 matches, 14 of which were by the former.
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Those deals didn’t pay off but moves made as recently as the summer show they’ve improved.
The two latter names have already appeared more times combined than Brown and Blackman did so that’s certainly a positive.
Leeds still don’t have a huge amount of depth but these loan signings have given them greater quality than last term.