While Leeds United are a completely different outfit to the side which finished 15th in the Championship back in 2014/15, with Victor Orta, Andrea Radrizzani and Marcelo Bielsa working wonders both on and off the Elland Road pitch over the past three and a half years, there were nevertheless a couple of decisions made during the darker days of the Whites’ history that will still be haunting the Premier League side.
One such call will undoubtedly be Massimo Cellino’s decision to pass up the chance to sign Harry Maguire back in the summer of 2015, with Leeds having been reported to hold an interest in the then-Sheffield United centre-back, only for the defender to ultimately secure a £2.5m move to Hull City.
Since then, the now-29-year-old has gone from strength to strength, playing a key role in securing promotion to the Premier League with the Tigers back in 2015/16, as well as highly impressing for Hull over his 29 top-flight outings in the following campaign – earning a seasonal SofaScore match rating of 7.11 in 2016/17.
This form led to Leicester City splashing £17m on the signing of the England international in the summer of 2017, with Maguire further establishing his reputation as a top-level centre-back over the next two seasons with the Foxes, earning a seasonal SofaScore match rating of 7.03 in 2017/18 and 7.05 in 2018/19.
Maguire was once again on the move in the summer of 2019, with Manchester United breaking the world record transfer fee for a defender via their £80m signing of the centre-back – since which, despite widespread criticism, the £190k-per-week man has generally done an admirable job for the Red Devils, earning seasonal SofaScore match ratings of 7.13 in 2019/20 and 7.13 in 2020/21.
As such, regardless of the general opinion of the £60m-rated player who Jurgen Klinsmann dubbed a “mustang” – while, admittedly, hindsight is a wonderful thing – it is undeniable that the Cellino had a nightmare when failing to cough up a mere £2.5m for Maguire back in 2015, as this decision cost the Whites a massive payday.