Leeds United can secure deal offers for standout lower league stars
Leeds United’s time in the 2nd tier came to an end over summer season, as Marcelo Bielsa triumphantly led his Championship-winning side out of the dark and back into the light of the Premier League.
The Champion and League One are departments Leeds fans have ended up being all too familiar with in the club’s recent history, and there is no desire to return any time quickly. Nevertheless, it may be a wise decision to momentarily dip into the EFL market when it comes to signing players.
Leeds got Joe Gelhardt from Wigan Athletic for a fee in the area of ₤ 1 million, while in previous seasons the club have poached leading young players Liam McCarron and Leif Davis from Carlisle United and Morecambe respectively.
Now that Leeds have actually the riches bestowed upon them that Premier League subscription enables, they can rob the lower departments for the premium talent, rather than simply the appealing. Teams will discover it increasingly difficult to reject 6 and seven-figure sums, and the draw of playing Premier League football for the very first time is definitely something which will entice the players themselves.
LeedsLive looks at four players presently in the Championship and League One who could include something to the Whites’ first-team team:
Adam Armstrong – Blackburn Rovers
Newcastle-born striker Adam Armstrong has proven his worth as an EFL striker, finding out the hard method with loan spells at Coventry City, Barnsley and Bolton Wanderers before a long-term transfer to Ewood Park.
It was to be this switch that finally enabled Armstrong to reveal his quality, and this season he leads the Championship’s goalscoring charts with 11 goals in 10 video games.
The striker is quick off the mark and an instinctive finisher, needing minimal opportunities to convert opportunities into goals. Throughout 2020, he has scored more than 20 league objectives and might certainly be used as a foil to lead frontman Patrick Bamford, or as a deputy in the Leeds striker’s lack.
Siriki Dembele – Peterborough United
Classy forward Siriki Dembele is yet to step foot inside England’s top two tiers but has attracted interest from Premier League clubs, such as Newcastle, after outstanding form to start the League One project.
Peterborough presently lead the chase for promo to the Championship and Dembele has been included in 8 objectives throughout 10 league trips so far, with five objectives and three assists to his name, as per WhoScored.
He has gotten where Brentford striker Ivan Toney ended at London Road last year, much to the delight of Peterborough advocates.
Interestingly, the 24-year-old has just 8 months staying on his agreement, indicating he would likely be readily available for a cut-price fee in January.
Cameron Brannagan – Oxford United
Over the previous few years, Oxford United’s Kassam Stadium has actually seen its reasonable share of top gamers carry on to clubs in higher divisions, with Shandon Baptiste signing for Brentford approximately this time a year earlier.
Ex-Liverpool academy gamer Cameron Brannagan might be the next to leave Oxford after impressing throughout the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons.
Brannagan captained the O’s at the start of this season but has been ruled out just recently due to a freak eye injury, according to the Oxford Mail. The central midfielder is versatile and can be used as a No. 6, a No. 8 or perhaps as a more assaulting presence on event.
He would supplement Leeds’ main midfield options for a very little fee due to Oxford’s standing as a League One club who have actually slipped into the relegation zone in the 24-year-old’s current lack.
Keane Lewis-Potter – Hull City
The Tigers’ transfer from the Championship last season has ended up being a true blessing in camouflage for teenage winger Keane Lewis-Potter. At 19 years of ages, the broad attacking midfielder or forward has thrived in League One, beginning regularly for Grant McCann’s side, scoring 5 times in the procedure.
While his dribbling still appears rather irregular and unpolished, the child’s shooting abilities are reflective of a player with greatly more experience in the Football League.
Lewis-Potter’s Hull contract has one-and-a-half years to run, recommending that in January or next summer season at the current, top clubs will be knocking on the door of Hull City chairman Assem Allam.
Due to the geographical distance of the two clubs, Leeds should certainly be one of those clubs asking concerns at the KCOM Stadium.