Whether Chris Wood can provide Leeds United with a high enough strike-rate to justify a £3m fee remains to be seen, but when a club breaks with a 13-year spending habit and pays that kind of figure for a player, it demands people revisit their expectations for the coming season.

Even with the most rose-tinted pair of spectacles, making an argument for Leeds storming this league is a tough ask considering some of the teams we’ll be up against and the massive disadvantage parachute payments now put the rest of us at, but Leeds aren’t without genuine quality.

The homegrown quartet of Sam Byram, Lewis Cook, Alex Mowatt and Charlie Taylor would be a boost to any Championship team, Marco Silvestri ranks among the best keepers in the division, Mirco Antenucci is a solid option up front, Sol Bamba looks to be the leadership figure we’ve lacked in defence and Luke Murphy was very impressive last season. All told, Chris Wood is joining a decent core of players.

But it’s a core with a few glaringly obvious gaps, most notable of which is a left-wing problem we’ve been failing to address for several years now. At this stage, a pacey and naturally left-sided player should rank as priority number one for the club, especially now that we’ve signed a very tall striker in Chris Wood who I’d hate to see reduced to a target for hoofballs pinged from deep, totally bypassing and failing to properly utilise the quality we have in midfield.

Alongside the left-winger, we need an experienced head in the centre of the park – someone who knows how to dictate the flow of a game, making it scrappy and restricting space when necessary and then setting off quick breakaways when the opportunity presents itself. Ideally, this player would be a DM, further reinforcing a defence already improved by the permanent signing of Sol Bamba.

I’ve noticed our odds on success this season already shortening since the arrival of Chris Wood and while he alone isn’t enough to convince me we’ll be there or thereabouts, Leeds only lack a couple of strong signings in the right areas and this really could be a season worth getting excited about.

Dare to dream? Almost.

  • markman

    I dont think the club has paid £3million,more like around £2million with add ons
    like being promoted to add up to £3million.

    apart from the obvious need of pace on the wings and the ability to cross the ball.
    we need a good ratter in midfield.

  • JIM

    Get your facts right mate! it was 2m with a 1m add on if we reach premier league.

    • TSS

      Which is a £3m fee. No fee is entirely upfront these days, Ross McCormack won’t have come as an £11m one-time payment, but it doesn’t stop that being the fee reported.

  • Tare

    Okay 1M for Luke and 2+something well does it really matters ? We have this nasty do or die season ahead before our talents are asking more questions than answers. xM£ won’t make a feel good factor for sure. Back to football well after DOL’s babies the best crop of troopers are here. Tare

  • spellz

    We definitely need a midfielder capable of filling Rudis experienced boots, that would be where the real value lies right now with money spent, saying that though a lot of the players that have not done so well last season, might well play better under Uwes attacking style and that 20 goal a season striker could well be Morrison if we get our tactics right, a lot of people tend to forget this.

  • tim campbell

    We have never truly addressed the wing problems. Reports say nicky ajose is on fire in training at the minute and has impressed Herr Rosler. That could take care of one wing, brandon barker from man city or young murphy from the blades cud do the other one. It has been said that Erwin has also played out wide too, so the signs are hopeful. As for the holding midfielder its Barton thats the obvious choice to marshall the midfield. As alluded to TSS this season offers more hope than we have had in a very long time – the last few signings will be crucial

  • PMH

    To do well in the Championship needs a settled team with good management. The parachute teams tend to struggle, the promoted teams are just happy to be there. The successful Championship teams are those that weather the ups and downs without panic and keep building. If the new manager is clever enough, and the owner keeps his oar out, Leeds could do very well.

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