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For Leeds, this summer was very much about taking the rough with the smooth.
It was a whirlwind and a roller-coaster experience for those involved at the club but they’re now finally out of the other side.
And in their grasp they still rather remarkably have Kalvin Phillips. They also have Mateusz Klich, a player who had attracted the eyes of the Premier League.
But as Leeds rejected £35m worth of offers for various players, both Pontus Jansson and Kemar Roofe still departed.
If there was ever a topsy-turvy window, this was it. Indeed, concerns may still lie surrounding the defence after the Whites failed to bring in anyone other than Ben White but the business they have done must be looked at in a positive way.
Why? Because it could prove to be game-changing in the future.
Leeds decided to operate this summer with the policy that they’d bring in players on loan.
Through the doors came White, Helder Costa, Jack Harrison, Jack Clarke, Eddie Nketiah and Illan Meslier.
Three of those players all have clauses specifying they can return permanently next term. Those lie in the contracts of Costa, Harrison and Meslier who prove that Leeds have been particularly meticulous in their operations.
It may have been a frustrating period, but ultimately they look well set for the future.
Costa and Harrison will give depth out wide whilst it’s already been detailed how big a fan manager Marcelo Bielsa is of White, even if they do lack options at centre-back.
That being said, their attack, with the addition of Nketiah still looks a considerable threat. He is a player who scored against Bayern Munich and Fiorentina in pre-season whilst his record at youth level, scoring 46 goals, speaks for itself.
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However, the fact they can make three of those players permanent parts of the furniture next summer bodes well, even if they don’t achieve promotion.
Securing players on loan means they won’t have unnecessary baggage to ship out if they do go up whilst Aston Villa have already shown the benefit of loan signings like Tyrone Mings and Kortney Hause who both returned fairly simply.
For Leeds, it may not have been the best summer, but there are definitely positives if you look further enough ahead.
Given financial fair play, this is one of the best outcomes they could have had.
Of course, achieving promotion is the ultimate goal, but there are reasons to be encouraged.