By Sam Stone

2nd Sep, 2022 | 2:10pm

Phil Hay rates Leeds United deadline day out of 10 as multiple transfers completed

The Athletic’s Phil Hay has given Leeds United a three or four out of ten for their deadline day business as the Whites add FC Zurich striker Willy Gnonto to their ranks.

Deadline day also saw 24-year-old Dan James leave Elland Road on a season long-loan to Premier League newcomers Fulham.

Despite a relatively quiet final day of the window, Hay does feel the Whites have had a solid summer window on the whole.

Talking on the latest edition of the Phil Hay Show [24:30, 2 September], he said: “I think deadline day goes down as a three or a four given that they have come out of it with a signing but the player they had lined up didn’t get off the tarmac in France.

“That is not ideal at all.

“The window I would give a six or a seven I think and I don’t know if people will think that’s an overestimation or underestimation but they handled the process of selling Phillips and Raphinha well.

“Particularly Raphinha because he wanted to go and it had to be Barcelona and they’re incredibly difficult to deal with.

“They did well with the first five signings but I do think it was a big risk to let another striker lie for as long as they did and the scramble that happened on deadline was coming.”

Good summer overall

Hay is bang on in his assessment of Leeds’ transfer business with their failure to land a more experienced striker earlier in the window the one big negative on an otherwise impressive summer.

The Whites handled the Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha sagas well and completed some fast and smart summer business.

The fact that Leeds were only targeting a striker on deadline day displays that they were happy with the majority of the business that they had completed earlier in the summer.

Gnonto could well be a success in Yorkshire, but he’s very much an unknown quantity who is more than likely going to be one for the future for Leeds.

After Rodrigo’s injury, a more experienced striker to compete with Patrick Bamford would’ve been welcomed by all Leeds fans.

Jesse Marsch must now place plenty of trust in Bamford to remain injury free for the majority of the season and deliver a good goalscoring return for the Whites.

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