Leeds United Transfer Targets 2013/14

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Leeds United Transfer Targets

Instantly, this title has grabbed your attention, persuading you to think…who you would consider to be the two or three players, our ex gaffer now full time, pundit Neil Warnock believes this current Leeds United squad is missing?

When we heard Warnock say we were short a couple when appearing on BBC Focus, MOTD2, Late Kick Off, Sky Sports News, Talksport and Dave, we all collectively laughed (well I did anyway). Watching the inept performance at the Valley we all looked at the squad and believed it needed a full overhaul for the third summer on the trot. What Warnock left us was a squad low in confidence and predictable to play against (bar the odd exception in Sam Byram and Ross McCormack).

Fast forward two weeks and the same set of players have produced back to back performances of the highest standard.  So is this squad as bad as we all really thought?

Was Neil Warnock actually right!? Are we missing just a couple of marque signings or as the old gaffer used to say ‘The icing on the cake’?

I’m writing this article on the basis of a third season in the English Championship next season. Could this be premature of me to dare to dream?… we’ll wait and see.

So what does the Leeds United squad need to assault the league next season and go up as Champions I ask myself?

I’d like to think the current owners and new shareholders of the club would need to invest and move away from the ‘Ken Bates model’ of funding a playing squad with 20% of cash received from outgoing transfers plus free transfers and loanees. Players with market value that command a fee are needed this summer.

A third centre back is badly needed to cover; Tom Lees and Jason Pearce will be a force to be reckoned with, they have shown us on the rare occasions when they’ve played together at the back  a good understanding and work as a solid partnership. But for me Lee Peltier has been a liability at the back of Leeds defence. If you closely analysed each game he featured at the centre half both his partners Lees and Pearce have had to bail him out of trouble on a consistent basis. What we need is a centre half that can provide stiff competition for them both or another right back to push Byram thus freeing up Peltier as the backup.

Speaking of competition at right back… As mentioned earlier I believe the club need to avoid free transfers but former Leeds loanee and current Aston Villa player Eric Lichaji contract is due to expire this summer. Lichaji was one of Simon Grayson’s 33 loan players that stood out and put in some impressive performances. Lichaji has had a stuttering season with the Villians due to injury but with an opportunity he could be available on free transfer the club would be naïve to give this one a miss.

With Reading all but down this season current Royals boss Nigel Adkins will be looking to build his own squad for an instant return back to the Premiership next season. With this you could see some of Brian McDermott’s Championship winning players made available. The likes of Jobi McAnuff, Jem Karacan and Adam Le Fondre all players that have always impressed me and all would command a hefty transfer fee.

Again, players who could out stretch our budget but would be fantastic additions to the Leeds squad for next season are Brighton’s Liam Bridcutt and Derby’s Will Hughes. Two central midfields Bridcutt the holding aggressive ankle biter. Will Hughes the playmaker, the player with a pass, vision. players that will be overpriced and over budget but if GFH make the cash available and want an assault on the Championship for that guaranteed one off payment of £60 million once promoted would it be a gamble well payed off? I think so.

Other players doing the rounds that would be available either on a free or at a cut down price is former Leeds players Matthew Killgallon and Jermaine Pennant both available on a free transfer in the summer.

And finally Jermaine Beckford. Dare I say any more about this man? Always a fans favourite and a player the Leeds United fan base collectively would love see return. With his parent club all but happy for him to leave and his current club on the verge of relegation will a return of Jermaine Beckford help bring that feel good factor and bums on seats back to Elland Road GFH are craving for to happen we shall watch this space…

What do you think of the targets we have identified. Do you agree or do you believe the club should bring in other targets not mentioned? We want to hear your thoughts?

Reporter – Matthew Mckeith

 

 

  • Leeds fan

    Le fonder would be good, yet I don’t think we will get any of these players.

    As a transfer target for Leeds, there is a Dundee player, very skilfull and technical called Gary-Mackay steven. That is one of the players we should get for definite

    • RITGK

      You quotiing Ross McCormack with this statement? This is word for word what he said by him at the members night about Mackay-Steven..

      • leeds fan

        didn’t see it. been an admirer for a bit

      • Leeds fan

        But you probably won’t believe me on that anyway, Yet Ive never been to a members night. Me and McCormack must have the same judgement.

      • Leeds fan

        Last point, I promise. Lichaj is a good player, but only as a replacement if Byram left

        • jimmmooo

          him right back, byram right mid?

          • Leeds Fan

            Byram has excelled in Right back and is alright in right mid, but I think he prefers right back, don’t want him to be out of position, but I would bring in a winger, Gary mackay-steven or Burke

          • http://www.facebook.com/mbrownbolton Matthew Brown-Bolton

            Agree, byram though for me is a wing back, to use the graham Taylor term! Id consider working his attacking side as a coach. Remember Gary kellys overlapping runs and crosses byram needs to start that. He’s our Paolo maldini, never mind Gareth bale!!! I’ll calm down now.

  • Leeds fan

    Im also sorry to say that I think Beckford will be never seen in a Leeds shirt again. As for a centre back, I read that McDermott was interested in bringing Matt Mills to the club, he is fairly decent

  • Leeds fan

    Last one, talking about Will Hughes coming to the club is stupid, very idiotic. Also matthew Killgallon? really… You haven’t looked very far for the players we could get, instead of daydreaming for most players…..

  • Leeds fan

    for defence Matt Mills has been linked to the club. Yet all the other players you have said, are ridiculous, stop daydreaming and look for players we can actually get. WIll hughes? he has been a target for prem clubs, we would not get him. Also Killgallon not good enough, I wouldn’t want him. Jermaine pennant would not come to Leeds. Also Bridcutt is happy at brighton, no reason to come to Leeds. Also none of those reading players will come, they’re some of the best players at Reading.
    Don’t be silly, be realistic

    • RITGK

      Leeds Fan its not like you to disagree with one of our articles is it?

      None of these players mentioned are going to be all the fans targets. From a personal point of view these are players that i would like to see the club pursue. Granted, Hughes, Brdcutt was written as long shots and that was clearly stated in the paragraph.

      Matt Mills you say? the same player that took a big money move to Leicester was quickly shown the door and moved onto Bolton and he seems to be heading the same direction as last season. Is he really a better player than Lees and Pearce? Far from it…

      • leeds fan

        I think he is better than pearce, also not all of these are from me btw, just thought ill mention it. If they are long shots no pint bring them up in the first place

      • leeds fan

        Also, I agree Matt Mills has not been doing so well recently. but at reading under McDermott he was good.

  • kevwalters03@hotmail.co.uk

    please bring Beckford home (goals)

  • Richard

    please please please can we stop mentioning Jermaine Beckford. Very prolific in league one but many seem to have forgotten how annoying he could be at times. If we are aiming for top 6 minimum next year, i really can’t see Beckford firing us to glory as he has proven at both Leicester and Huddersfield that he can’t maintain consistent goals.

    I’m not sure what it is about Leeds fans, but we always seem to want our ex’s. Alan Smith, Ian Harte, Jermaine Beckford, even DO’L was mentioned for the managers position. Why do we persist in living in the past when we so desperately need to move on.

    For me, McAnuff is a realistic and very credible target. I’d like us to sign him and Chris Burke (available on a bosman this summer) to give us that width we’ve been missing this year. Having that width would bring the best out of Morison. Other than that I agree with the post and think it’s essential to bring in a tall centre half and playmaking midfielder to go alongside Austin. Another striker needed in replacement of Habibou as well

    • RITGK

      chris burke is a player i’d like at Leeds, we showed some interest in him in january too so that’s a possibility. Simon Church is another available on a free and very competent at this level, he’ll be a solid squad player as we will need more forwards

      • Richard

        do you not think somma (hoping that he proves his fitness) could fill that bench role? I would hope we could sign a really strong forward to rival morison to play with mccormack. I’d like us to go for someone like cameron jerome, doesnt get much game time at stoke even though they’re struggling.

  • http://twitter.com/LeeWilsonNI Lee Wilson

    I’d love to see Le Fondre or McAnuff at Leeds, but I’d be surprised if they aren’t at Premier League clubs come the end of August.

    • http://www.facebook.com/mbrownbolton Matthew Brown-Bolton

      and therein lies the challenge. Reading have their own problems! Though the pull of working with McDermott is not to be underestimated we may yet see karacan or McCarthy in a Leeds shirt.

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  • dodger

    I don’t think you’ve closely analysed anything as you’ve got the Peltier and Lees/Pearce bit completely the wrong way round. The latter have consistently shown themselves to be a liability and Peltier has consistently given his all to bail them out.

    • RITGK

      Peltier has probably had 3 good games in a Leeds shirt, the rest have been shoddy to say the least. This is a guy who was signed as a first choice right back, ousted out of the team by Byram, moved to left back was shocking there and went to centre back cause that was all that was left for him to do. Granted, his best performances have been at centre half but there is much better out there. I wouldn’t get rid of peltier, he’s more than a useful squad player but he’s not in the same class as Tom Lees.

      • Leeds fan

        3 Good games?
        that’s a Joke, I can name more 10 and im sure when he comes back McDermott will put him in the sqaud

        • http://www.facebook.com/mbrownbolton Matthew Brown-Bolton

          Leeds fan, peltier was made to look like a league 2 player by peterboro, and was shown up when lees wasn’t bailing him out. Sure McDermott may work some magic on him, but he’s surely no maldini at this level, is competent across all defence, id say at best the jury remain out

  • David

    Not sure what you have been on, best position for Pierce is sweeper, I will buy him a brush!

    • http://www.facebook.com/mbrownbolton Matthew Brown-Bolton

      lIke it! Though a bit harsh on Pearce. I see him as someone good under pressure and our best tackler I think McDermott will transform him

  • Lorimer Out

    It’s a great article,but sadly whilst we have now found potentially a superb manager who appears to also be a descent and honorable man unlike the wretched Warnock, The Club is still facing financial turmoil.
    To say Cash Flow is tight is an understatement and it is obvious that GHF have very little money.
    The former owner hangs around like a horrible cancer and a huge financial injection is needed for us to survive,let alone thrive.
    We need a new owner with very deep pockets. Without that then we can only dream of success and The Premier League. I will go one step further. Without that administration is a very real possibility.

  • Yeboah

    I think Pearce and Peltier are the wrong way round here. Granted when played out of position at LB Peltier was awful, but since he’s been played in the right position I think he’s been solid. Pearce has been a liability though when he’s played. One player I’d like to see us sign who I think is probably possible- Charlie Austin. Proven at this level and the prolific goalscorer we thought Morison was going to be.

  • Gazjack

    Beckford for me

    • http://www.facebook.com/mbrownbolton Matthew Brown-Bolton

      liVe to see beckford back at Leeds myself, but there are plenty of other options aren’tt there.. What about le fondrre? Nahki wells, Simon church, Cardiff will discard players too now they’re promoted. Whittingham? Or deeney at watford

  • http://twitter.com/senior_nick Nick

    Watched P’boro v Brighton last Tuesday (don’t ask!) – Liam Bridcutt caught the eye. Not just a ‘holding aggressive ankle biter’ but the most creative player on the pitch as well. Also Dwayne Gayle – great prospect.

  • South Stand Casual

    Charlie Austin, Jason Puncheon,Le Fondre, George Boyd, all players we could have had in the last few years. Hughes and Church would do well. Ever since his Stevenage days Ive though George Boyd would do well for us, gutted he ended up where he has.

  • ha

    rubbish article bridcutt is with a team in the play off race and will hughes will be going to the prem no doubt. as for mcanuff and le fondre mcanuff is club captin and any champ manager would want to keep le fondre hes gold in that leauge. killgallon turned us down last year beckford is in the past. lichaji will get new contract at villa. not one player you mentioned is a target for leeds united. pls come with a correct article next time.

    • http://www.facebook.com/mbrownbolton Matthew Brown-Bolton

      Hughes has a choice. Sit in the reserves at Chelsea or man city or go to a club who might get promoted. It then becomes a question of who will stump up in the championship… Perhaps not such a stupid assertion then that he may be on the radar?

  • Newmarket whites

    Tom Pope from Port Vale would be a good signing

  • Alex

    Phil Neville is available on a free, think Leeds should snap him up for his know how, experience, quality and consistency
    Club is also desperately in need of creativity. No Leeds player on the books have got into double figures in the goal charts. Ross Mac will always score goals, but like all goalscorers they need service. Leeds should never have signed George Boyd the moment Snodgrass left. Will be very hard to find someone of his quality and price over the summer, but defo looking forward to next season in what should be an exciting league with the clubs coming down from the Premier League. Can’t wait.

    • Bomber

      I’m not looking forward to it after seeing us at
      Walsall
      We’ve no money and can’t see anyone I’d quality
      Signing for us

      And I’m a season ticket owner for 25 yrs

      • Bomber

        We need to get backing from the board

        If not we will be halfway at best again

        McDermott was brilliant at Walsall
        If he gets the backing from the board then we
        have a chance but I can’t see it

        We are crying out for Width ie Mackay Stevens
        Also a centre half Matt Mills maybe
        A midfield maestro who has vision and passes
        the ball like Strachan could
        ie The Watford midfielder who was great v Leeds
        on last day of season

        And a goalscorer. ie Austin Le Fondre

        But we don’t get any of them and we will sell
        Byram and have Peltier at right back and
        Varney on left or worse upfront