Leeds scout makes transfer admission & responds when asked about three reported targets
Leeds United scout Gaby Ruiz has admitted that the club will not be signing too many new players this summer despite winning promotion to the Premier League.
Marcelo Bielsa has put a lot of faith in the players he inherited when he was hired by Leeds two years ago and has already seen them achieve a Championship title and a return to the top-flight after 16 years outside of it.
And it seems that Bielsa will continue to put faith in those players next season, based on what Ruiz has told the Argentinean media.
“We know that we have an incredible group, with a union and profiles of high-level working soccer players. We are going to maintain that backbone and the number of signings is not going to be very high,” he said, as quoted by TyC Sports.
Leeds have been linked with a whole host of Argentinean players since the season ended. Lucas Martínez Quarta, Juan Foyth and Sergio Romero have been among them.
When asked about those three reported targets, Ruiz said: “I cannot anticipate anything. It is that during the confinement we did not know what was going to happen and we generated many lists with many options and names for different positions. Now, we will try to bring to fruition the players with preferences to strengthen the team.”
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Leeds’ promotion has sent certain media outlets into transfer speculation overdrive.
TyC Sports were responsible for linking Leeds with Manchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero while there have been multiple stories from Argentina about River Plate centre-back Quarta, El Intransigente being one.
The Sun has recently reported that Tottenham and Argentina defender Foyth is a target for Leeds, which is definitely an interesting one as Foyth is experienced in the Premier League, barely playing for Spurs and could be used to fill a Ben White-sized hold in Bielsa’s defence.
Honestly, all three of those players sound like they wouldn’t be bad additions this summer but as Ruiz said, the club isn’t going to be bringing hoards of new players to Elland Road ahead of next season.
Bielsa likes his group now. He’ll add players here and there but you can expect him to manage the team in a similar manner to which he managed in the Championship.
It might be annoying but we fully expect Patrick Bamford to spearhead the attack next term with Helder Costa and Jack Harrison on the wings and a 35-year-old Pablo Hernandez pulling the strings in the middle of the park.
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