Has Leeds United’s transfer window been a success or a failure? Well, it depends on your point of view.
On one hand, Jack Clarke was sold to Tottenham while fans’ favourite Pontus Jansson was shoved out the door to Brentford. Meanwhile, speculation is rife about the futures of Kalvin Phillips and Kemar Roofe.
On the other, Clarke has returned on loan, as has Jack Harrison, while Helder Costa and Ben White add quality and depth to Marcelo Bielsa’s squad.
But, with doubts about whether Roofe will stay at Elland Road or whether Patrick Bamford has the killer instinct for a title challenge, most supporters would be more than happy to see a new centre-forward arrive in West Yorkshire. Jordan Hugill, however, is likely to split fans right down the middle.
The Sun (23 June, page 60) claimed that Leeds were once again interested in a player they’ve been tracking since his Preston North End days. £8 million Hugill is desperate for a fresh start after being frozen out at West Ham but, after a disappointing loan spell at Middlesbrough, is he really the man Leeds need?
At his best, however, the Middlesbrough-born striker is aggressive, hard-working and ruthless in the final third. If he can rediscover the form he showed at Preston, imagine how effective he’d be alongside Pablo Hernandez, Helder Costa and Jack Clarke.
And with the Daily Star reporting that a £4 million move to Wigan Athletic has fallen through due to a failure to agree personal terms, the door has now swung open for Leeds to sign a proven Championship goalscorer for half the money he moved for a year-and-a-half ago.
This might just be a risk worth taking.
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