Andrea Radrizzani hints Leeds United transfer business is done with tweet
It has been a slow and frustrating summer for a lot of Leeds United fans who have wanted to see the club really push on in terms of recruitment.
After finishing ninth in the Premier League last season, expectations are high and some supporters feel we could challenge for a spot in Europe.
While that is the dream of a minority of fans right now, it’s not beyond the realms of possibility.
That could be why so many fans are disappointed with the lack of signings this summer, for the first-team anyway.
Victor Orta has done his usual recruitment drive at youth level but the only new first-team player has been left-back Junior Firpo. Kristoffer Klaesson has also come in but the 20-year-old is serving as back-up goalkeeper and we’re hardly going to see him this season unless Illan Meslier gets injured or suspended.
Leeds have wanted an extra central midfielder too.
It has been widely reported that the Whites wanted Conor Gallagher from Chelsea before he joined Crystal Palace on loan while the club has hit an impasse in negotiations to sign Huddersfield’s £8million-rated Lewis O’Brien [The Athletic].
Leeds could also make a late move for a new winger if the opportunity presents itself but it’s starting to look as though our summer business is done with Orta and Marcelo Bielsa ready to draw a line under their transfer activity.
Andrea Radrizzani seems to be in the same boat too, based on his latest message on Twitter.
On Thursday, the Leeds owner was asked by a fan where the new midfielder signing is, to which the Italian simply replied: “Adam Forshaw.”
Forshaw, 29, made his first senior appearance in almost two years on Tuesday night against Crewe after going through hell with a number of different injuries.
He performed well in the 3-0 Carabao Cup win at Elland Road and has also been on the bench for Bielsa in the first two Premier League games.
While it’s a cliche in football, Forshaw is actually like a new signing because he had been out for so long.
Radrizzani’s tweet, coupled with the frustration over Gallagher and O’Brien, suggests we’re done for the summer.
Unless we see a major exit in the coming days or a really good player who Bielsa fancies becomes available, that’s it.
Some fans might be fine with that but we expect there’ll be plenty who feel a bit underwhelmed.
In other Leeds United news, Tottenham have offered this international player to the Whites.