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Leeds proved few Championship teams can live with them over the summer

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Leeds’ transfer business this summer initially didn’t look like too much to rave about.

They sold Pontus Jansson to Brentford whilst Kemar Roofe also walked out of the door as he joined Anderlecht.

In total 31 players departed Elland Road either on a temporary or permanent basis and six arrived on loan.

Given Leeds can only include five of them in a single matchday squad it was a rather bizarre choice.

What may also have been strange was turning down a colossal bid of £27m for Kalvin Phillips.

The midfielder epitomises the club. He was born in Leeds and came through the academy to turn in over 40 appearances last term.

Selling him would have raised question marks about the Whites’ ambition but instead, he’s now put pen to paper on a new contract, revealing how he wants to stay with the Whites for a long period.

The 23-year-old has started the season in exceptional form and has won the most tackles per game of anyone in the division.

Remarkably, however, had he left over the summer he wouldn’t have even been the Championship’s record sale.

That falls at the feet of Moussa Sissoko who departed for £30m to Spurs.

In turning down an offer for Phillips, though, it displayed the might of Leeds and proved they’re capable of achieving things so few Championship sides manage.

This summer we saw a host of talents leave the league. Adam Webster moved on for £20m whilst the same price was enough for Oliver McBurnie to walk through the exit door at Swansea.

But there was a bigger deal too.

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Ryan Sessegnon sealed a £25m switch to Fulham as clubs all over the division struggled to hold onto prized assets.

Che Adams left Birmingham, Neal Maupay fled Brentford whilst Daniel James commanded a fee of £15m.

Some top clubs were seeing some of their key players leave but Leeds held onto the beat and soul of their side despite interest from Aston Villa, Wolves and Bournemouth.

Some of the money thrown at other clubs in the Championship demonstrated that it’s tough to turn down big fees but that only provides evidence of why plenty of teams struggle to live with Leeds.

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