An in depth look at Leeds’ transfer window

It’s been a busy few months in the transfer window. 13 players have come in and 13 have left the club, either on loan or on a permanent basis.

A hectic final week saw Chris Wood and Liam Bridcutt depart with Pawel Cibicki and Pierre-Michel Lasogga  coming through the door.

Here is a round-up of Leeds’ transfer activity throughout the summer…

(All fees are approximate)

Expenditure: £15.85 million

Income: £23 million

Net Spend: +£7.15 million

Players In

Pontus Jansson, Torino £3.4 million

At one point the deal looked unlikely with Torino reporting Leeds to FIFA over an unpaid sum but that problem was soon solved and Jansson made his loan move permanent.

Started where he left off last year with Leeds keeping a clean sheet in the four games that he has featured in the league so far this season

Hadi Sacko, Sporting Lisbon, £1.8 million

One of the deals that has divided opinion and it seems Leeds have made Sacko’s loan move in hope that he can only improve.

Pawel Cibicki, Malmo, £1.5 million

Cibicki joines after being chased by some of Europe’s elite over the summer. Manchester United and Napoli were among the names to have reportedly looked at the forward.

Reporters in Sweden say it’s a good signing and if he fits in well then he will be a good asset in the Championship.

Mateusz Klich, FC Twente, £1.5 million

A player that we haven’t seen much of due to an injury sustained during pre-season. Arrived as the most experienced of the players coming in from abroad having featured for the Polish national team.

Caleb Ekuban, Chievo, £500k

Arrived as a bit of an unknown having played in the Albanian Superliga last season, scoring 17 goals in 34 appearances.

Didn’t look out of place against Sunderland for his full league debut but unfortunately left the field early due to a foot injury.

Jay Roy Grot, £1.5 million, rising from £750,000

Grot signs as a player that Leeds can work on. Looks an animal and could be a very handy asset in the system Leeds play.

He’s still raw and like I say, he has plenty of potential for Leeds to work with.

Felix Wiedwald, Werder Bremen, £450k

The biggest shock of the window as Christiansen decided to bring in the keeper to start in goal ahead of Rob Green who was one of Leeds’ best players last season.

Samuel Saiz, SD Huesca, £3 million

At £3 million Saiz already looks like he could be a bargain and could potentially be Leeds’ go to man this season.

Ran the show against Sunderland and could have easily been named man of the match and let’s not forget his stunning hat-trick against Port Vale.

Ezgjan Alioski, Lugano, £2.2 million

Alisoki arrived as a bit of an unknown but with plenty of praise from the Swiss media who highly recommended him.

Looks to be linking well with Saiz already and they could become a deadly pair in attack this season.

Pierre-Michel Lasogga

A loan deal that dragged on for several weeks. Lasogga was in Leeds before the start of the season and was spotted spending time with some of the Leeds players. Talk then quietened down and eventually Leeds got the deal over the line.

The striker comes needing to prove a point following a disappointing year but plenty of reports say that if Lasogga can shake off his injury nightmares then we have a good player on our hands.

Vurnon Anita, Free

How Anita had not been snapped up by another club or how we got him on a free seems bizarre.

Looks a very steady player in this division and could prove vital with the experience he carries through from Newcastle’s promotion last season.

Ouasim Bouy, Free

Went under the radar but looks like a long-term project for Leeds having been brought in but shipped straight out on loan.

Andy Lonergen, Free

Lonergen rejoins Leeds as competition for Felix Wiedwald. He may not play much but it’s refreshing that someone will want to come and sit on the bench for us and hopefully he can hand across any experience to Wiedwald.

Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, Manchester United, Loan

A much needed signing with Leeds not having a recognised left back. Had a steady debut against Preston and his left foot looks lethal with the crosses he was putting in.

Matthew Pennington, Everton, Loan

Leeds looked in cruise control before he was taken off against Bolton. Looks like he wants to bring the ball out from the back and some fans got excited by comparing him to a young Woodgate.

Players Out

Chris Wood, Burnley, £15 million

A transfer that came out of nowhere but Leeds fans still expected him to go. The transfer could cost £18 million in total and I think it is good business from Radrizzani.

Ended with a sour taste with Wood effectively refusing to play against Sunderland.

Charlie Taylor, Burnley, £6 million (settlement)

Left in similar fashion to Wood by refusing to play in the last game of last season at Wigan to avoid an injury.

Leeds eventually received a settlement offer from Burnley to avoid going to a tribunal.

Liam Bridcutt, Nottingham Forest, £2 million

Another one that has divided opinion. Many saw this season as one where Bridcutt could take command in the midfield but he never looked like he was part of Chritiansen’s plans and seemingly got shipped out to create some funds.

Has the potential for Leeds to regret moving him on but we trust Christiansen’s judgement.

Lee Erwin, Kilmarnock, Undisclosed

Never got the chance at Leeds and after a loan spell at Oldham he decided to head back North across the border to Scotland.

Marco Silvestri, Hellas Verona, Undisclosed

With the arrival of Wiedwald, Leeds needed to offload a keeper and Silvestri sounded like he wanted to play first team football. Similar to Erwin he headed back to his hme country to find his feet again.

Rob Green, Free

One that has certainly divided opinion amongst the fans. Green had a fantastic year last year and it was a shock to some that Felix Wiedwald was brought in.

Evidently the German keeper was brought in for his distribution which has become clear over the past few weeks.

Someone who every Leeds fan will have wished well for the upcoming season.

Soulaymanne Doukara, Free

When he could be bothered to turn up, Doukara was a handy asset. Look at Wolves away a couple of years ago and then Aston Villa, Burton and the goal against Nottingham Forest.

However, the majority of the time he was Leeds’ most frustrating player. Divided opinion amongst fans so a move away is for the best.

Giuseppe Bellusci, Free

Good riddance. Nothing else to say. Move on.

Tyler Denton, Port Vale, Loan

Has found opportunities hard with Gaetano Berardi taking the left back spot in the side and a loan move was the best options.

Marcus Antonsson, Blackburn, Loan

Another player where a loan move was for the best. Never got a run of games but good still prove to be an asset to Leeds in the future if he settles down in England.

Lewie Coyle, Fleetwood, Loan

A perfect move for Coyle. A good player on his day but still needs to learn the game. Under former Leeds manager Uwe Rosler he could get a run of games.

Ouasim Bouy, Leonesa, Loan

See above

Luke Murphy, Burton, Loan

Seems to have settled at Burton having played there last season. Burton’s lack of financial power is porbably the only thing stopping him from making a permanent transfer there.

Reporter | Matthew Beedle

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  • Muz

    Kun Temenuzhkov deserves a mention too, one for the near future that lad.
    Also I’d add that Sacko is our most frustrating player as he clearly has the potential to become a good player for us but seemingly refuses to change his style of play in any way.