Leeds United linked to 35 players in five weeks - who is the priority?

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Leeds United have been linked with a staggering 35 players in five weeks, according to various newspapers, but where should the new manager look first?

According to reports, Leeds United are on the verge on announcing Reading's academy director, Eamonn Dolan, as their new head coach for next season.

The appointment is likely to be a controversial one but, like anybody, he should be given time to prove whether he is a diamond in the rough.

Nevertheless, whoever is the head coach at Leeds is next season, will be tasked to sit through the copious amount of linked players to the club and pick out who he thinks can push Leeds on to the next level.

The list as follows:

Daniel Bentley (Southend), Emyr Huws (Man City), Richard Stearman (Wolves), Robert Koren (Hull City), Victor Ibarbo (Cagliari), Davide Astori (Cagliari), Adryan (Cagliari), Byron Webster (Yeovil Town), Chris Burke (Birmingham City), Tommy Rowe (Peterborough, now Wolves), Ben Pringle (Rotherham), Steven Reid (West Brom), Royston Drenthe (Reading), Huerelho Gomes (Tottenham Hotspur, now Watford), Andre Blackman (Maidenhead United), Danielle Cacia (Hellas Verona), Ferdinando Sforzini (Pescara), Dean Moxey (Crystal Palace), Harry Maguire (Sheffiled United), Leonardo Pavoletti (Sassuolo), Mirko Antenucci (Catania), Christopher Forrester (St. Patrick's), Sam Hutchinson (Chelsea), George Saville (Chelsea), Zurab Khizanishvili (Kapserispor), Andrea Orlandi (Brighton), Keiran Westwood (Sunderland), Matteo Ardemagni (Atalanta) and finally, Nicolas Spolli (Catania).

No position in the Leeds team, at least according to newspaper reports, is safe from a makeover this summer. And Leeds fans should be braced for a busy couple of months due to incomings and outgoings as Cellino looks to put his stamp on the Yorkshire side.

But where do Leeds need to priorities for next season?

In my opinion, the Leeds United midfield last season were guilty of a number of fundamentals which will undoubtedly be looked at this summer.

For instance, poor ball retention and the lack of creativity in the Leeds midfield stood out like a sore thumb. Therefore, like the position of the majority of linked players suggests, a midfield overhaul could be on the cards and, in my opinion, new wingers are an absolute must.

Although, it has to be said, with three highly-rated young central midfielders coming through the ranks in Alex Mowatt, Chris Dawson and Lewis Cook, Leeds could be just as well to keep their finger off the trigger and try to blood in their young talents in order for them to prosper.

Nevertheless, whatever the changes at Elland Road this summer, Leeds fans can be ensured that next season won't be quite as humdrum as the last.

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