Leeds United need to fend off bids for the club's youngsters even though they could now reinvest some of the cash.
Leeds United’s transfer embargo was recently lifted off of the club, as confirmed by the Daily Mail, and the news leaves Chairman Massimo Cellino and whoever the manager is for next season with a big problem.
Cellino needs to work very quickly to ensure that the futures of the club’s younger players are secured because Leeds are now a very realistic target for other sides, who may fancy trying to snap up some of their younger players.
They would have been even if the embargo wasn’t lifted, with the difference being that the club could now realistically reinvest the funds generated by selling off a talented youngster into the playing staff.
Leeds are arguably the best in the country when it comes to developing younger players and nurturing them to a point where they can play a full part in the first team.
Alex Mowatt has been linked with Hull City by the Yorkshire Post, Sam Byram has been linked with Aston Villa by the Birmingham Mail and the rumours are going to persists because of the quality in the club’s younger players.
In terms of resisting the temptation of big offers, Cellino has given an early indication of his thinking in terms of the youngsters at Elland Road.
Lewis Cook was confirmed on a new two-year deal, as covered by the BBC, last week and he’s definitely a player that Cellino could have realistically flogged off to the highest bidder.
Leeds need to be careful because of the financial adversity they have experienced in the recent past, but the club now have options over how they want to go about improving the first team with new players.
At some point a Premier League team or a Championship rival is going to test the water in terms of trying to buy one of the club’s younger players and while some of the money could be reinvested, Cellino simply can’t entertain the offer.