By David Woods

12th Jan, 2021 | 7:31pm

'Take them to a new level' – Sky Sports pundit backs Leeds to land two major summer signings

Regular Sky Sports pundit Emile Heskey has said that two of the players that Leeds United have been linked with would take the club to “a new level”.

Leeds have said they will have a quiet January but are expected to strengthen significantly in the summer after a full season in the Premier League.

They’ve been linked with moves for world-class stars Lucas Vázquez and Julian Draxler with both players out of contract and potentially available on a free next summer.

Talking to HITC, Heskey said that the lure of the Premier League and Marcelo Bielsa could open the door for them to sign for Leeds.

“You can’t count anything out because I would argue that the Premier League is the best league in the world. So people will be wanting to come here,” Heskey said of Draxler and Vazquez.

“When you’ve got a manager of the ilk of Bielsa, it turns peoples heads. People don’t necessarily go for the club, they go for the coach. Once one starts coming in, I think that’s the floodgates for more and more, especially when you’ve got a manager who plays some free-flowing football.

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“When you’re looking at the players they’re linked with, it would take them to a new level. But, again, you’ve got to have the manager to 1) attract them and 2) deal with them. And they have the manager to do that.”

Exciting summer ahead

The summer transfer window is shaping up to be the most important and potentially the most exciting in a long time.

Leeds spent wisely last summer and picked up some players who look way above the level that the club paid – Raphinha especially.

However, if Leeds do want to go up to the next level then they might have to look at even bigger signings – but still players that can work within the Bielsa system.

MOT Leeds News columnist Paul Robinson said that Draxler would be a “next-level” signing and, without a fee, could be affordable.

It could mean that some of the players that helped Leeds get into the Premier League are now playing for their places.

That’s tough – there’s no one really that we’d like to see leave in the current starting XI but there will have to be casualties if the club wants to progress.

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