The dust is settling on Leeds United’s latest summer transfer, with Stuart Dallas coming in to address a key concern manager Uwe Rosler had a left midfield ahead of the club’s first game of the Championship season against Burnley.
The German coach has been very busy since he was named as the man who would be coming in to replace old manager Neil Redfearn and he deserves huge credit for addressing a number of key questions hanging over the squad, before a competitive ball has been kicked.
Every transfer box has been ticked; the defence has been improved with the permanent signing of Sol Bamba, Tom Adeyemi provides some grit in central midfield, Dallas has come in to play out wide and the striker options have all been improved.
There were holes to fill and Rosler has filled every single one, which puts the club into a good position and creates the chance for the likes of Sam Byram and Charlie Taylor to revert to their natural full-back positions when and if needed.
Another key significant point about the club’s summer is that all of the club’s key young players are still at Elland Road.
Byram, Taylor, Lewis Cook, Alex Mowatt and plenty of others represent potential investments for some very big sides, but Leeds have stuck to their guns improving the contracts of their best youngsters in several cases.
The younger players are so important to Leeds because they create the spine of the side, which should now stay together for a number of years.
The key relationships
While there have been personnel changes at the club, there haven’t been any stories of discontent involving Rosler and Leeds owner Massimo Cellino.
Rosler has been backed and that’s allowed him to go about his job in a productive manner because he’s likely to feel positive and comfortable.
That’s something which needs to change for the manager to get the most out of himself and the club’s key players throughout a season which is starting to look very exciting for everyone connected with the club.