Leeds United may have been linked with some players with plenty of top-flight experience but they are clearly going another route.
Prior to Tom Adeyemi’s arrival on loan at Leeds United, Uwe Rosler’s side were linked with some familiar names from the Premier League – most notably Joey Barton and Steve Sidwell according to the Sun.
Considering the age of the majority of Leeds’ first-team stars now, adding some experience to the centre of the park made sense as the club readied themselves for a promotion push. But instead the Whites moved for 23-year-old Adeyemi – a player with plenty of football under his belt but nowhere near the extent of Barton or Sidwell.
The move for Adeyemi – initially on loan with the view to a permanent deal next summer – speaks volumes about Leeds’ ethos.
They are building a team for the future, with players in practically every position around the same age to ensure they develop together and hopefully bring long-term success back to the club.
It is a tantalising prospect for Leeds fans – to see what these players will be like in the years to come, when they have had time to build their relationships on the field.
Signing a player like Barton or Sidwell would have brought what some feel would have been much-needed experience to the heart of the side but it would have been a relatively short-term fix and may have shaken things up at Elland Road in a way Rosler and owner Massimo Cellino were not looking for.
Instead Leeds are clearly focusing on a certain method of recruiting, with only former loanee Sol Bamba in his 30s while their other summer signings are considerably younger but no less exciting.