Leeds United can have very few complaints about how their transfer window went.
The Whites spent almost £100m on new talent in areas that needed bolstering, but they didn’t manage to strengthen one position that they earmarked for improvement.
Indeed, Victor Orta didn’t bring in a central midfielder, and while there is still time for him to do so in the domestic window, the lack of links indicates that it may not happen.
It wasn’t for a lack of trying, Leeds had done almost everything required to sign Michael Cuisance from Bayern Munich before a failed medical caused that deal to collapse late on.
However, the fact that the £18m deal didn’t go could come back to haunt Leeds in the near future, but there is one man at Elland Road who should be quietly pleased that the transfer didn’t get over the line.
Indeed, Jamie Shackleton could be the big winner from this deal collapsing.
Shackleton hasn’t seen too many first-team opportunities over the past year or so, playing just 475 minutes in the league since the start of last season, despite many United fans clamouring for him to play more, and if Cuisance had come in, his opportunities would have been even more limited.
Now, with Adam Forshaw still out injured and with Stuart Dallas occupied at left-back, Shackleton could find himself quite high up in the pecking order in the midfield, and if Mateusz Klich were to pick up an injury or a suspension, he could be next in line to come in and get a go.
Whether Shackleton has the ability at this level remains to be seen as he’s played just nine minutes of Premier League football so far, but the Cuisance deal falling through means he may eventually get his chance to shine, and he has to take it if he wants to feature more in the future.