Leeds United's reported Bersant Celina failure puts pressure on Thomas Christiansen

Thomas Christiansen

Bersant Celina and Marley Watkins have both slipped through Leeds United's grasp - meaning new manager Thomas Christiansen must act quickly.

Leeds United fansLeeds United face major competition for the top six next season

A slow start could be fatal next season, and Leeds United will know that they cannot afford to let a host of genuine promotion contenders get a head-start.

However, while the likes of Norwich City and Aston Villa appear to be thinking big in the transfer market, it appears that Leeds have already been left behind somewhat.

So far, only one player has put pen to paper at Elland Road. And Hadi Sacko, who signed a permanent deal earlier this month, spent last season on loan at the Yorkshire club from Sporting Lisbon.

It is fair to say that Leeds’ recruitment plans have not been helped by the clubs’ drawn-out search for a new manager, with Thomas Christiansen surprisingly appointed three weeks after Garry Monk’s sudden resignation.

Ones that got away?

And, according to Sky Sports, Leeds have now missed out on one of the bargains of the summer.

Manchester City youngster Bersant Celina is set to sign for Ipswich Town on a season-long loan despite recently telling NTK that he had an offer on the table from Leeds.

Manchester City's Martin Demichelis shakes hands with Bersant Celina after the game

The 20-year-old, a creative midfielder who enjoyed an impressive loan spell at FC Twente last season, is expected to fill the creative void left by Tom Lawrence’s return to Leicester City.

However, this is not the first bargain that Leeds could rue slipping through their grasp this summer. Marley Watkins, with 10 goals and seven assists for Barnsley last season, appeared the ideal addition for a Leeds side crying out for more end product.

Barnsley's Marley Watkins celebrates scoring their first goalMarley Watkins could aid Norwich's promotion ambitions

The Daily Mail claimed they had been tracking his progress for a number of months. However, after his contract at Oakwell expired, he signed for Norwich on a free instead.

Therefore, missing out on Celina may only serve to ramp up the pressure on Christiansen as he aims to construct a side capable of building on last season’s seventh placed finish.

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