Leeds’ transfer window hasn’t been all that exciting so far in terms of actual arrivals as not a single player has come through the door, but rumours and discussion around the club’s business has been incredibly interesting.
One of the main narratives that has run through this month so far is that Leeds want to avoid another Daniel James situation.
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To be fair, nobody who has any affiliation with Leeds would want a repeat of that nightmare, but the club mustn’t allow the scars of that saga to affect their way of conducting their business this month.
Let’s get one thing clear, the move for James falling through wasn’t Leeds’ fault, it was all on Swansea and namely Huw Jenkins as he refused to answer the phone to finalise the deal before resigning the very next day.
99 times out of 100 James would have been a Leeds player, but it just wasn’t to be on that day.
Yes, getting your business done early is beneficial, but we’re passed that point now as Leeds have less than a week to get everything sealed. They now only have one more game before the end of the month, so they may as well take their time.
Victor Orta mustn’t fall into the trap of rushing deals through for a price they’re not happy with or moving for a player who doesn’t fit the system just because they’re available.
Unfortunately, it seems as if he could be set to make that mistake. Football Insider’s recent report states that he’s been frantically ‘hammering the phone’ in the pursuit of a striker.
If one of those calls has been about Britt Assombalonga, who is a fresh target, there’s reason to be worried as the Congolese forward just isn’t suited to United’s system – with his WhoScored page listing defensive contribution and holding onto the ball as weaknesses in his game.
In other news, Leeds fans don’t want to sign this 29-year-old.