It’s a great time to be a Leeds United fan with the Whites sitting pretty in the top half of the Premier League, but back in 2014 things were rather miserable for the Elland Road faithful.
The Whites were lumbering around the bottom half of the Championship accustomed watching drab football under uninspiring managers such as Brian McDermott and Neil Warnock, while it was rare to even get a glimpse of a talented player back then.
However, things could have been quite different for the club if they’d have completed one signing back in 2014.
Nobody needs reminding what Maguire has gone on to do since then. He’s become the most expensive defender in history and signed for one of the biggest clubs in the world, and while it is unlikely that Leeds would have been able to keep hold of him if they’d have signed him in 2014, they would have made one hell of a profit on him.
Hull made £14.5m by selling him to Leicester but just two years after that he was worth a mammoth £80m, and either of those fees would have been massive for Leeds, especially when they were in the Championship.
Perhaps that money would have allowed United to be promoted a season or two earlier if they had more cash to inject into the playing squad, or perhaps Maguire himself would have been able to lead United to promotion under Garry Monk in a season where they finished just one place outside of the playoff spots.
Signing Maguire back in 2014 would have undoubtedly changed the course of United’s history, whether that be landing them a massive profit that they then could have spent on the squad or adding to a squad that was nearly good enough.
Either way, missing out on a future £80m player for a cut-price fee must hurt in hindsight.