David Prutton’s latest column in the Yorkshire Evening Post has highlighted the need for frugality in the Championship, as transfer fees rise and FFP sanctions become harder and harder to work around.
Prutton highlighted what he thinks is the perfect policy in the Championship, and his words should have Whites fans beaming as he basically outlined Leeds’ transfer policy over the past few years.
The former midfielder was writing about Birmingham’s point deduction last season and how that may affect attitudes in the future.
“What’s the damage going to be? It’s created a game of jeopardy for anyone who’s thinking of over-spending. For that reason I think we’ll see a lot of measured work in the transfer market this summer.
“I think the evidence of the season behind us will make a lot of clubs decide that a move away from big-money signings to the little gems no-one else has spotted might be the way to go. There’s never any substitute for quality but in this division and at this level, what matters more is how a team works as a unit and the presence of square pegs in square holes.
“We all love a big transfer deal but it seems to me that the Championship is moving on.”
Leeds United are well ahead of the curve if Prutton thinks that Championship clubs should operate in this way as the Whites have been doing it for years.
The 37-year-old highlighted the need for teamwork in this division, and he may well have been alluding to Marcelo Bielsa’s achievements this season.
The Argentine took a team that finished 13th the season before into third place while not making many changes to the squad, and he achieved that through team cohesion and fantastic tactics.
Bielsa’s side is also built up of these ‘little gems’ as the likes of Mateusz Klich, Pontus Jansson, Kemar Roofe and Ezgjan Alioski joined the team as relatively unknown players, but became stars almost immediately.
Prutton’s view of the future is already Leeds’ present, and that bodes well for them as their transfer policy doesn’t need huge adjustment even as the landscape around them changes.