The ever-reliable reporter delivered a fresh claim on the Whites’ potential off-season plans during a Q&A session with supporters this weekend. In response to one question about transfers, he responded:
“If Leeds stay up, they’ll try again to sign Brenden Aaronson from Salzburg. There’s a good chance of that happening. They want Calvin Ramsay from Aberdeen and James Garner at Man Utd is someone they’ve looked at. I’d also expect them to look for another centre forward.”
United boss Jesse Marsch will certainly need a bit of a squad revamp come to the summer as the Yorkshire giants have battled with the prospect of relegation from the Premier League all campaign.
And they are by no means safe just yet.
Leeds have failed to sign a new central midfield option in nearly four-and-a-half years, the last being Adam Forshaw, who joined from Championship side Middlesbrough in January 2018.
Marsch has managed the former before, at RB Salzburg, so that seems to have legs, whilst the Manchester United gem is someone that the Yorkshiremen have been linked to in the past.
Ramsay would be perhaps one for the future, though vice-captain Luke Ayling, 30, isn’t getting any younger and the young Aberdeen gem’s versatility could see him emerge as a potential solution to Leeds’ left-sided woes.
Meanwhile, the absence of Patrick Bamford for the majority of 2021/22 has certainly been their main Achilles’ heel this term. He does not have an out-and-out backup and it’s hurt the side immensely.
If the Peacocks’ hierarchy, namely Victor Orta and Andrea Radrizzani, can land all four, if not half of these targets – and Leeds stay up – then Elland Road will surely be bouncing heading into next term.
It could well be the start of an exciting new era in west Yorkshire.