Harry Redknapp delivers verdict as Leeds seal major transfer
Harry Redknapp has been raving about the business that Leeds United have done in the transfer window since winning promotion to the Premier League.
Leeds left it late in the international transfer window to secure the £17million addition of Brazilian winger Raphinha from Rennes.
Raphinha, 23, joins Rodrigo, Robin Koch and Diego Llorente as the new major first-team signings that have been made by Leeds since winning the Championship title.
While talking about the business that Leeds have done in the transfer window, former West Ham and Tottenham boss Redknapp tipped the Yorkshire giants to easily avoid relegation back to the Championship in their first season back in the Premier League in 16 years.
“They’ve bought really well,” Redknapp said on Sky Sports News on Monday night [11:40pm].
“[There’s] no danger of them going back down. I think they will establish themselves now as a Premier League team. Great support. Big club.
“I don’t see them being in any relegation scrap this year. I think they are going to do very well.”
Leeds’ business might not be over just yet.
Last week, a deal for central-midfielder Michael Cuisance fell through due to a failed medical and a player in his position was not brought in.
Victor Orta and Marcelo Bielsa have until October 16 to continue signing players from Premier League and EFL clubs so it will be interesting to see whether or not they add to their midfield options before then.
Raphinha’s arrival means that Bielsa has another right-wing option for the Premier League season but based on how well Helder Costa has started the campaign, we cannot see the Brazilian starting for the Whites any time soon.
In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay has detailed Bielsa’s stance on Rodrigo De Paul after the Whites failed to sign the Udinese star.