Leeds need a centre-back in the summer transfer window.
The transfer plan at Leeds United since owner Andrea Radrizzani’s arrival has certainly been value for money. It saw director of football Victor Orta go abroad more times than not, in an attempt to spend shrewdly.
But it has backfired. In 14th place and lacking in any real quality in most areas of the pitch, Radrizzani must completely shake up his approach to Leeds transfers this summer and stick to homegrown talent.
He may even find a bargain amongst the ever-growing riches of the transfer market, and his first priority should be a centre-back. Reports have suggested Pontus Jansson is interesting West Ham, which would leave a hole at the back.
Liam Cooper’s performances have been below par, while Matthew Pennington has hardly done enough to earn a permanent move to Elland Road this summer.
Leeds need to branch out their scouting team in order to find a new gem within English football for the final few games of the season, and it should see the Whites consider a move for one of League Two’s most in-form players.
Cheltenham Town centre-back Will Boyle has scored a goal every six league games this season from centre-back, hitting the net five times in 31 League Two outings. Even better, Boyle is a self-confessed Leeds fan.
In an interview with the Daily Express, the 22-year-old admitted that he supports the Whites and adding a player with a deep-rooted passion for the Yorkshire giants is only going to bolster Paul Heckingbottom’s side.
Add in his form, and the fact he is available on a free transfer with his contract expiring at Whaddon Road in less than three months – surely Boyle is the perfect buy?
Signing a player like Boyle for the Leeds first team is a major change to Leeds’ transfer policy, but the current one simply is not working. A shake-up is needed, starting with the free purchase of Whites fan Boyle.