Leeds United have sold Sam Dalby to a Premier League club this summer, but have also strengthened their ranks.
While Sam Dalby leaving Leeds this summer came as little surprise to many of the Elland Road faithful, the board would have been forgiven for questioning their decision to open the door for him to leave when Watford proved to be one of the sides to register an interest.
The 19-year-old is now attached to a Premier League club. So, while the striker had made little impact for the club’s under-23s last season, Leeds fans will certainly be intrigued to find out in the coming years whether the Whites have missed something and whether Dalby goes on to vindicates the Hornets’ decision to sign him.
But perhaps Leeds are well aware that they have taken a risk with letting Dalby go, but sanctioned a sale only because they believe that they have a talent even more special in Rafa Mujica anyway.
Mujica’s arrival has caught the eye of the Leeds supporters, with the 20-year-old coming in after being released by Barcelona. And the fans got their first glimpse of the striker in the pre-season win against York City.
He looks set to begin life at Leeds with the under-23s, but Marcelo Bielsa has had little problem rewarding the best players in Carlos Corberan’s ranks with a promotion to the first-team, so the pathway is definitely there for those who impress.
Mujica has plenty to prove given that he will still be one of the older players in Corberan’s ranks and has plenty of obstacles ahead of him before he makes his way into the senior side.
But the decision to let Dalby go, when it could prove to be a deal that is reflected upon poorly in years to come if he impresses at Watford, hints that Leeds believe that they have something seriously special in the youngster.