There could be up to three new faces in the Leeds United team for next season.
The dust has settled on the announcement of Uwe Rosler as Leeds United’s next manager and the German will now be fully focus on making improvements to the team in the transfer market, which put the club in a better position to compete for promotion next season.
The transfer embargo being removed from the club helps the situation, but Rosler still needs to be clever about the new players he goes after because it’s still difficult for Leeds to throw money at big transfers.
Leeds are a huge football club and could realistically go after some top quality players, as Rosler looks to achieve a balance with the younger players he’s already got available.
Based on rumours linking the club with certain players, available players who could become realistic targets and players already at Elland Road, we've had a stab at suggesting what the side could look like by August.
Leeds: Robinson, Wootton, Bellusci, Cooper, Taylor, Barton, Cook, Mowatt, Ajose, Byram, Beckford
One possible player Rosler can try and target is midfielder Joey Barton who was released by QPR, as confirmed by the Guardian, who would certainly inject some aggression and experience into the side, which would help to cope with the loss of Rudy Austin.
Up front, fans have been getting excited by the prospect of Jermaine Beckford returning to the club, with contrasting reports suggesting how realistic any deal is.
The latest update from the Yorkshire Evening Post is that a deal would be difficult and isn’t one the club are currently pursuing.
There is also a possible option to bring some experience in at the back of the team with similar reports linking Paul Robinson with a return to Elland Road. The Daily Star recently reported that a move was on but whether terms can be agreed remains to be seen.
The problem Rosler has in that position is that Marco Silvestri is contracted to the club and had a decent campaign between the sticks for the side last season.
There’s also an arguable need for Rosler to sign another centre back although he may prefer to trust the players who have more experience in that position who are currently at the club.
There’s not a great deal wrong with what Neil Redfearn has left behind and it could be a case of the coach tweaking one or two positions rather than ripping everything up and starting again.