The Athletic’s Phil Hay has delivered a major update on Leeds United’s transfer plans this summer.
Despite enjoying an impressive first season back in the Premier League, all eyes will no doubt be on how Marcelo Bielsa’s side look to strengthen when the summer transfer window comes around.
Now, Hay has suggested that Leeds could be set for a mini-overhaul of their squad, with the club supposedly eyeing up to five new signings at Elland Road.
Responding to a question in a pre-match Q&A for The Athletic ahead of the Premier League clash against Fulham on Friday night, Hay said: “I’m told they’ll look at signing around five players in the summer. The numbers can’t be wild because a) good players at this level are expensive and b) if Bielsa stays on, he doesn’t like massive overhauls. But I think we can all see what needs to be done.”
Make no mistake about it, while Bielsa may not be a big fan of completely overhauling things and seeing a huge turnover of players, the prospect of five new signings should make a real impact on trying to establish Leeds as a Premier League force.
To the Whites’ credit, their performances this season have largely been carried by those who played a major role in their promotion from the Championship: the likes of Patrick Bamford and Kalvin Phillips to name but a couple.
But taking that next step, especially at Premier League level, requires some big spending and some major moves in the transfer market, and it’s exactly why Bielsa should be buzzing that those above him seem intent on trying to really reinforce his squad ahead of next season.