Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher give Leeds United transfer window rough treatment
Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville clashed in assessing the Leeds United transfer window but still ended on a harsh rating of the club’s summer business.
Discussing every Premier League side’s transfer market activity up to 4 August the former Liverpool defender wanted to give the Whites the lowest out of five rankings, while ex-Manchester United captain Neville was more circumspect, but after disagreeing they settled on the second-worst rating.
Two major stars have left Elland Road this summer in Raphinha and Kalvin Phillips, and there is a tendency to focus too heavily on the known quantity of big names rather than consider the bigger picture and potential development of newcomers, which looks to be what has happened with the Sky Sports pair.
“I think right now that’s an E,” said Carragher rating out of A to E, in the video on Football Daily’s YouTube channel.
“You’ve got to put a C-minus, D, you’ve got to put that,” suggested Neville, to which an outraged Carragher shouts “C!? They’ve lost their two best players!”
Neville responded: “I know, but there was nothing they could do to stop it.”
Carragher then said: “I know, but where they are right now, it’s not been a great window. I don’t know what they’re going to do. I know they brought some players in who Jesse Marsch knows.”
They then agree on rating the Whites’ window as a D, before Neville sums things up by saying: “Leeds and Brentford are in trouble.”
While there are still areas to be addressed, most notably at left-back where Pascal Struijk filled in for the injured Junior Firpo against Wolves and left more questions than answers, there are also considerable positives from the summer.
On paper United have added new starters at right-back, winger and number 10, plus two in central midfield.
While two of those are enforced by the departures of Phillips and Raphinha, and Marc Roca’s league debut left a lot to be desired, that is a decent haul.
Clearly nothing can be proven until a few more games have been played, but Brenden Aaronson looks like a potential star.
Tyler Adams looked decent in the opener, and Luis Sinisterra hasn’t been able to show what he can do yet through injury.
Rasmus Kristensen has impressed fans with his character but had an uneven Premier League debut, but if he and Roca can adjust better there could be an argument that the side has improved, considering it they only escaped relegation on the final day last season with the two departed stars in situ.
If a striker can be secured as planned, and the baffling decision to leave left-back until the last item on the agenda is corrected, then it could turn out to be a very strong window on the whole, but it won’t be for another month or two until it can prove to be so or not.
In other Leeds United news, one senior first-team player’s exit is one to “keep an eye on” according to Phil Hay.