The lesson Leeds United must learn in the transfer market this summer


Leeds need to prioritise quality over quantity this summer.

Leeds United will enter the summer transfer market in some uncertainty, with Neil Redfearn's future at Elland Road up in the air.

Redfearn admitted to the BBC that he was unhappy on Thursday after his assistant Steve Thompson was sacked, and given that Redfearn is out of contract, there could be another change in the dugout yet.

Even aside from all the confusion over the managerial situation, Leeds must learn one important lesson from last summer's transfer activity.

Leeds made a total of 15 signings last summer, bringing in Stuart Taylor, Marco Silvestri, Dario Del Fabro, Gaetano Berardi, Giuseppe Bellusci, Liam Cooper, Tommaso Bianchi, Zan Benedicic, Casper Sloth, Adryan, Nicky Ajose, Souleymane Doukara, Mirco Antenucci, Billy Sharp and Brian Montenegro.

Factor in that another three players arrived in January, and that's a total of 18 players signed in the last 12 months by Leeds - something which can't happen again.

Unfortunately for Leeds, some of the arrivals haven't made much of an impact. Ajose has already left Elland Road in order to join Crewe on loan, Granddi Ngoyi and Edgar Cani have barely featured whilst youngsters Del Fabro, Benedicic and Montenegro have been Under-21 regulars.

Instead, Redfearn has been forced to resurrect the careers of players who were previously deemed surplus to requirements; Scott Wootton, Luke Murphy and Steve Morison have gone from bit-part players to regular first-teamers under Redfearn.

Ahead of this summer's transfer window, Leeds must prioritise quality over quantity. The squad still needs wingers, whilst a top striker may be required given how Doukara has regressed in the second half of the season.

It may not be Redfearn calling the shots this summer given the uncertainty over his future, but whoever is in charge will need quality over quantity if Leeds are to push towards the play-offs next season.

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