By Anthony Onifade

4th Jul, 2023 | 1:10pm

Daniel Farke can seal statement Leeds United addition in Gustavo Hamer after transfer news

Leeds United are set to confirm Daniel Farke as the new manager on Tuesday [4 July] and the German could well seal a statement acquisition to kick off his tenure at Elland Road.

The Daily Mail reported Farke as the leading candidate following a meeting with the club bosses on Friday 23 June, and according to the outlet on 29 June, the German was shown around Thorp Arch ahead of appointing him as their new manager.

And according to The Athletic [3 July], the Whites are now on the verge of appointing him, which may have still been dependent on the EFL’s approval of the 49ers Enterprises takeover, but with the players reporting back for pre-season, Leeds are desperate to push through with appointing their new man.

The Athletic journalist Phil Hay reported via Twitter on Monday night (3 July): “Leeds United set to confirm appointment of Daniel Farke as head coach in the next 24 hrs.

“Terms agreed, allowing him to fly in this evening. Due to be finalised even if takeover isn’t sealed first, with training set to start Wednesday.”

Leeds United fans are now certainly getting their wish after so much delay as to how the club will be progressing after their relegation disappointment.

It would have been absolutely disastrous to have a new manager ready and waiting but then not have him actually in charge of training once the first session starts, but it looks as if the club bosses are set to push through with the appointment which is best for all parties involved.

With the Whites set to undergo major change in terms of the playing squad with as many as 11 key stars set to depart Elland Road such as Brendan Aaronson, Jack Harrison, Robin Koch, Willy Gnonto and many more, Farke will need to be heavily backed in the market so soon after his arrival.

It was imperative the club targetted a manager capable of providing them with a swift Premier League return, and that man is definitely Farke, given his superb record at Norwich and penchant for an expansive and exciting brand of attacking football.

If Leeds United are to help him replicate that, then Farke will need some statement additions through the Thorp Arch doors, especially in the midfield and attacking department and one player who could significantly help translate his style in West Yorkshire is Coventry City’s Gustavo Hamer.

Football League World reported on 10 June that Leeds United were plotting a “very ambitious” swoop to sign Coventry City midfielder Gustavo Hamer.

Hamer has been one of Coventry’s star players this past season alongside talisman Viktor Gyokeres, contributing to 11 goals and 10 assists in 45 appearances in all competitions as the Sky Blues missed out on promotion to the Premier after their playoff final defeat to Luton Town.

Leeds United may well tempt Hamer to join the Elland Road revolution with the right cash-incentive, key squad guarantees and a future project ambition under a progressive manager in Farke. Given Hamer’s extraordinary qualities, it is a move Leeds United and Farke must explore.

Indeed, the German could well be acquiring another Emi Buendia-style attacking midfielder for him to work with again, as he enjoyed at Carrow Road with the little Argentinian.

Hamer is a player of a similar mould and tactical ilk. Over 41 league appearances, the 26-year-old talent – hailed “unbelievable” by former Coventry City goalkeeper Marko Marosi – scored 11 goals, registering ten assists, which was similar to Buendia’s last Championship campaign where he hit a whopping 15 goals and 17 assists under Farke’s tutelage.

With Leeds set to lose most of their creative outlets, Farke will be desperate for some wizardry and imagination to sharpen his new tactical formula at Elland Road and Hamer provides that in abundance, averaging 1.6 key passes last season whilst recording 16 big chances created [SofaScore].

Hamer isn’t just an influential commodity in the attacking third, but a workhorse and a terrier-like influence in the defensive phases of play too, averaging 2.6 tackles, 1.1 successful dribbles and winning 4.8 duels per game, proving his huge presence and perfect all-rounder invention in a deeper midfield role than the role Buendia fulfilled under Farke during the 2020/21 Championship campaign.

The former Feyenoord ace is a player who can raise the technical floor in the Leeds United midfield and for less than £10million, he could prove an absolute snip and a marquee acquisition for Farke to replicate but more crucially, evolve his attacking pedigree amongst a Leeds United fanbase desperately in need of some joy on home turf again.

This is the kind of signing that could ignite the Elland Road crowd once more and it’d be even more special if they can convince Hamer to stay one more year in the Championship and potentially fill his long-held English top-flight dream next season.

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