Leeds United manager Garry Monk
Leeds United have endured a tumultuous few years under the ownership of maverick Italian Massimo Cellino. With the recent appointment of Garry Monk, however, there is a renewed sense of optimism emanating from the Elland Road faithful, with the fanbase hopeful that the former Swansea City boss will be given time to implement his philosophies and vision into the Leeds squad.
Monk has made his intentions to strengthen his squad very clear, and should focus on bringing a central midfielder and a proven goalscorer to the club.
Two fantastic additions for the West Yorkshire outfit would be Sunderland pair Jack Rodwell and Duncan Watmore.
Jack Rodwell's career has fallen by the wayside since he left Everton
Rodwell, once an Everton child prodigy, has seen his career stall since he left Goodison Park, and is in desperate need of re-establishing his career. At the age of 25, he should be commanding a regular starting spot, but managed only nine Premier League starts for the Black Cats last term.
Leeds would be the perfect place for Rodwell to re-ignite his flagging career, and with so many years left before he even reaches his physical and mental peak, he could very well still forge an impressive legacy within the game. His style of play would suit Garry Monk's philosophy, and his imposing physical presence is custom built for the rigours of Championship football.
Sunderland's Duncan Watmore would be a great signing for Leeds, should they consider a move
One sure-fire way to improve Leeds' chances of extraditing themselves from England's second tier would be to bring in a proven goalscorer, and they should seriously consider a move for Black Cats marksman Duncan Watmore. He is very highly rated at Sunderland, however, so it is doubtful whether they would entertain the permanent sale of the 22-year-old England U21 international.
A loan move may be mutually beneficial for both clubs, though, with Watmore gaining the experience of more regular first-team football, in a league where he would have to learn to raise his game to the physical challenges the Championship would present.
His vital goal in his club's 3-0 victory at Norwich City towards the end of last season highlighted the composure he possesses in front of goal, and he really would be a fantastic acquisition for Monk's men. His pace and direct nature is ideal for the hustle and bustle of the league, and he would provide Leeds' with an entirely different threat in forward areas.
Should a move for either player come to fruition, Leeds would find themselves in an extremely strong position to push for promotion to the Premier League.
Garry Monk will have to recruit wisely during this summer's transfer window