Not signing Joey Barton must be Leeds United's biggest summer regret

Elland Road pitchside

How Leeds United could do with a player long linked with them during the summer.

Leeds United made a number of signings in the summer but as things stand Uwe Rosler’s side are struggling for form, winning only two of their 10 Championship games to date and crashing out of the Capital One Cup to Doncaster Rovers.

For all the club’s talented youngsters – and there are plenty – what Leeds lack is real experience in the centre of the park and of all the players they were linked with in the summer, surely the one they most regret not signing is Joey Barton.

A report in the Sun back in May claimed Leeds owner Massimo Cellino was willing to pay Barton £1million a year to sign up at Elland Road, but the free agent ultimately switched to Championship rivals Burnley for whom he has featured twice to date.

Leeds have plenty of midfielders on their books but most of them are young and some of them are very young, meaning their inevitable dips in form can have a dramatic impact on the team as a whole.

But Barton would have brought spirit and fight to this Leeds side and he would have not allowed them to give anything other than 100 per cent every time they step onto the pitch.

The one-time England international was exactly what Rosler needed this summer to shake up his squad but with another international break upon us, Leeds can only regret not making it happen, while ensuring the players they can call upon step up in the weeks ahead.

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