Leeds United endured another difficult night on Friday with a 1-0 defeat at Aston Villa, leaving manager Paul Heckingbottom to reflect on yet another defeat.
Heckingbottom has won just twice as Leeds boss and saw Lewis Grabban condemn him to another loss on Friday, with Leeds' season petering out into a torrid end after starting so brightly under Thomas Christiansen.
Whilst a number of Leeds fans are already calling for Heckingbottom to be sacked, it seems most likely that the Whites will back the 40-year-old over the summer, given that he was only appointed in February.
Heckingbottom will naturally have his eye on a number of signings, and he may have been scouting some targets on Saturday having been spotted visiting former club Barnsley in action against Bolton Wanderers at Oakwell.
The Whites manager watched on as the two relegation-threatened sides played out a 2-2 draw, with alleged Leeds target Oliver McBurnie bagging a late equaliser for the Tykes.
Heckingbottom not only signed McBurnie for Barnsley in January, but also agreed to sign him from Swansea City back in August, only for the EFL to rule that the deal was completed after the transfer deadline.
McBurnie has been a sensation for Barnsley, hitting eight goals in 13 games, and having bagged another goal today, it would be no surprise to see Heckingbottom target the Scot – who was born in Leeds – again this summer.
Another player linked with Leeds, Andy Yiadom, was also in action for Barnsley, with Heckingbottom potentially eyeing the Ghanaian – who is out of contract this summer – to boost his options at right back this summer.
Of course, Heckingbottom may simply have been returning to watch a former club when Leeds didn't have a game, but links to Yiadom and McBurnie may just suggest he was making one more check on the Barnsley duo ahead of mounting summer moves.