Leeds United have today announced the arrival of a new midfielder.

23-year-old Tom Adeyemi arrives on a season-long loan from Cardiff City. The deal is with a view to a permanent transfer, a method Massimo Cellino seems to be fond of using, and is Leeds’ fifth signing of the summer (including the permanent deal for Sol Bamba).

Wales Online claim that should Leeds United decide to make the move permanent, a £1m buy-out clause has been agreed, which would net Cardiff an estimated £250,000 profit and gives some indication as to his potential value.

Adeyemi is a central midfielder, a position that might not have been top of Leeds United’s priorities had it not been for an injury Luke Murphy picked up in pre-season training which looks set to sideline him for the opening few weeks of the campaign after undergoing a minor operation on his knee.

Leeds’ new midfielder was born in Milton Keynes and started his career at Norwich City after graduating from their academy system. He spent 2013-14 at Birmingham City where he made 40 appearances before transferring to Cardiff City in a deal that would have been worth more than £1m had certain add-ons and clauses been met.

Despite his young age, Adeyemi has already racked up a combined total of 191 appearances for 6 different clubs (3 of those clubs being loan spells during his days at Norwich City).

There’s no secret Leeds United are still looking to strengthen with the most obvious area of concern being our left-wing, as this excellent graphic from @LUFCDATA shows.

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  • yorxman

    Pointless move that stinks of a Warnock old pals act signing, this kid was at Brentford with Rosler for a while. If we want to be challenging then players with PL experience & quality are required

    • Scally Lad

      Exactly. This signing, at best, is just going to keep us where we are. I suppose that’s fine for those who’ve grown up never knowing LUFC as anything but a Championship or League One side and are resigned to us staying in the Championship or League One for another decade, but if our goal is promotion, then we have got to be more creative than this.

      • TNK

        Couldn’t disagree more lads. I’ll be honest I dont know much about him but most Cardiff fans don’t seem best pleased and to me that speaks volumes. And more creative? I’d say this is more creative than going for a player thats not good enough for the PL anymore. He’s a young lad with a point to prove, get behind him!!!

  • Barry Hughes

    Sorry to say I agree but let’s see what he is like.

  • kevalle

    good signing , championship experience and still young , a perfect fit , anyone who’s seen him play will know he’s quality

  • Mike

    To me this looks like an attempt at an Austin replacement.

  • Tare

    If Luke Murphy is injured really? Then there is other thoughts in URs mind. Tare

  • Dr Zen

    Every chance he turns into a decent signing. A box to box midfielder with a bit of grit and a bit of creativity, what’s not to like? If he cuts it, we might have picked up a decent player relatively cheaply, and if he doesn’t, no big deal.

  • PMH

    The team is being built steadily, and I can’t complain at that. It just doesn’t look like a promotion contender. If I were a Doncaster, Bradford, or Barnsley fan, mid-championship with an occasional cup thrill might be OK. I’m not!

    Thanks once again, Neil Redfearn. You deserved better than the shabby treatment you received and that phoney job offer. My guess is that your boss was jealous that you were more popular than him. Fired for competence! Hopefully your next boss is not a complete nutcase.

  • Scally Lad

    Redfearn’s exit signals a new day for Leeds. With Steve Thompson now at Preston and Redfearn headed for a new club, maybe even in the Premiership, we need to look to the new ownership, new management and new players for a new style, new identity and a future we must hope will not take as many years to get back in the Premiership as we’ve spent languishing, in debt, frustration and despair, out of it, seemingly always preoccupied with fighting off the spectre of relegation and oblivion.

    • PMH

      You can’t change your identity as often as Leeds change managers. And to get into the premiership you need more money and business sense than the current owner has.

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