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Leeds United’s managing director Angus Kinnear has been quick to talk up his team’s work in the transfer window, via Leeds Live, but in reality his recent comments are rather misleading.
The Whites’ transfer window up until this point has been somewhat underwhelming. They’ve only brought in two new faces to the first team in Ben White and Helder Costa, and with the sale of Pontus Jansson, you could argue that they’re actually weaker than they were last season as they’ve lost a defender who got into the division’s Team of the Year.
That hasn’t stopped Kinnear bigging his side up though, and he has stated that the signing of Costa shows a commitment to going up.
“I think he’s going to be one of the best players in the Championship next season, and I’d be very surprised if it’s not one of the biggest Championship signings.” he said.
“When people are asking whether Leeds are committed to going up and whether we’re investing, they just need to look at the signing of Costa and realise that’s the case.”
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He’s completely misleading the fanbase, and they’re certainly too smart to believe what he’s saying.
Leeds’ net spend during this transfer window is pretty much even as they sold Pontus Jansson for £5.5m and got £10m for Jack Clarke, while their only expenditure has been £15m to sign Costa which won’t actually be paid until next year.
This is not a commitment to going up. It’s just reinvesting what has been recouped back into the squad. It’s a model that Leeds have been using under Andrea Radrizzani for years. The sales of Chris Wood and Ronaldo Vieira for £15m and £7.7m respectively subsidised the costs of bringing in the likes of Patrick Bamford for £10m.
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Kinnear is making out as if the owner is stretching the finances as far as he can, and going all out to get the Yorkshire club back to the top flight. In reality, they’re actually not investing at all, and are just spending the money they’ve recouped from player sales.