Leeds United are set to target British players this summer.
Leeds bought a host of players from Italy last summer to mixed success, and recently appointed head of recruitment Martyn Glover has told the Yorkshire Evening Post that the philosophy has changed this year to sign British players.
“I think the idea is to get that British core right. We have got some very good, talented players at Leeds, some of the best you are likely to have. That is the plan. Carrying it out will be interesting, but that’s the aim – to have a British core. Although we won’t rule out foreign players.”
Whilst Glover is correct to not rule out foreign players, with the financial benefits of signing from abroad evident, the need for a British core of players should also not be forgotten.
Last season, there were times when the Leeds players did not look as if they truly understood what it meant to play at Elland Road, and this lack of club understanding was the reason the youth players were so impressive.
The likes of Alex Mowatt and Lewis Cook endeared themselves to the Whites fans with displays of passion and talent, and Leeds need more players who understand the history of a club such as Leeds.
Of course, there are issues with buying from Britain, as transfer values are greatly inflated in comparison to a foreign player of similar ability, but they also bring an understanding and experience of English football that cannot be brought from outside of the country.
Leeds have already been putting this philosophy to good use this summer, signing Scottish striker Lee Erwin, whilst choosing to waive their new policy to complete a deal with Sol Bamba - who, although foreign, has the ability to impress and is worth the signing.
After a year of instability at Elland Road, it finally appears as if the club are getting themselves on the right track, and promotion may now not be that far off.