It’s less than two weeks until the season kicks off and Leeds are still to make a credible signing. Jamal Blackman and Lewis Baker have arrived on loan from Chelsea but if we don’t sign a striker soon, I will lose my sanity.
It has been a well-documented fact that Radrizzani has a rather limited wage structure at the club. Seemingly this was going to change this time around in order to secure the right targets.
We can only assume, however, that wage is the main reason the club has failed to secure the big names in the division.
Of course, this doesn’t apply to the likes of Matej Vydra and Abel Hernandez, who quite frankly, are after obscene money for this level.
Unfortunately, no matter who is owning Leeds this is something we have always had to put up with. We are the club that decided against paying an extra £3 million for a young Frank Lampard, signing Seth Johnson instead.
Positively, bids have been rejected in the region of £10 million for Samuel Saiz (known by many as, ‘Sexy Samu’) which does show a statement of intent.
The worst thing about all this is that 5 of Leeds’ games in August and September are on the box which is currently more than any of the Premier League’s top six. It means if we genuinely don’t sign anyone then the poor people of this nation will be tuning in for some questionable football.
Who is to blame?
I have to say if I see one more fan tweet the owner I’ll consider deactivating.
There cannot be any doubt that the board are surely just as frustrated as all of us. The trouble is that the fans will lose their patience and this they must already be aware of. Radrizzani has been making some signings…for his other company Eleven Sports HQ.
This is really what has riled some fans recently. To take the La Liga and PGA Championship rights off Sky, then serious dollar must have been spent.
If he has the money to do that then one must conclude that money is surely knocking about to get better than clinical Caleb Ekuban.
Ultimately, we must then ponder what is exactly going wrong in negotiations.
Director of Football, Victor Orta is one that is had his fair amount of scrutiny since last season. With the lack of successful signings last year, echoes of ‘Orta out’ rung around Elland Road.
It is a crucial time for Orta to get it right and he is on thin ice right now if it does not come off.
Of course, Bielsa will have a say in transfers but it is up to Orta to make them happen. As it stands, I dare think what I am going to have to watch against Stoke. Unless Bielsa is as magical as it seems and can make what was a bottom-of-the-form-table-team play football.
I know when things are bad because the Ross McCormack Tweets start coming out. I like to use player nicknames in these pieces but for our Ross, I best not. Poor bloke. Can we just get another trialist that turns out to be the next Luciano Becchio?!