Adam Pearson: Leeds need players with experience in English football

Adam Pearson says Leeds 'must add' players with experience in England.

New Leeds United director Adam Pearson has told the Yorkshire Evening Post that the club need to bring experienced Football League players.

50-year-old Pearson worked at Leeds in the 1990's before purchasing Hull City, and is now back at Elland Road having been hired by Massimo Cellino earlier this week.

Pearson left Championship rivals Sheffield Wednesday in order to rejoin Leeds, and will certainly have his hands full after a turbulent season at Elland Road.

Now, Pearson will be working as Cellino's right hand man, bringing Football League experience behind the scenes at Leeds, having also been chairman at Derby County.

Having got started quickly at Leeds, Pearson spoke to the Yorkshire Evening Post about the club's plans for the summer transfer window - and says Leeds must add players with Championship experience. 

"We want to be pushing towards the top end," said Pearson. "We’ve got a good opportunity to do that because the club aren’t burdened with heavy contracts or ageing players. The squad’s got some very good young players in it and we need to add some experience to that, some experience of English football."

"Leeds are a big club to turn round, a big oil tanker, and if we’re going to do it then it’ll be done on good acquisitions this summer. That’s vital," he added.

Last summer, Leeds brought in a host of foreign players, with only Stuart Taylor, Liam Cooper, Nicky Ajose and Billy Sharp arriving with any considerable experience in English football - though the arrival of ex-Leicester defender Sol Bamba in January did help.

Taylor will be released this summer whilst Ajose has spent most of the campaign on loan at Crewe, so it's imperative that Leeds bring in players with Championship experience rather than expect another raft of foreign players to adjust to life in England quickly - and given Pearson's history in the Football League, he may be the ideal man to bring that change in strategy this summer.

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