By Nnamdi Onyeagwara

29th Jun, 2022 | 9:40pm

Leeds United expected to sign new striker to partner Patrick Bamford as Raphinha heads for exit

Sky Sports senior reporter Tim Thornton has identified what Leeds United should do with Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha strongly linked with moves away from Elland Road.

Thornton believes that Leeds have been aware of their precarious situation for a while, managing to fight off interest in their two stars in January.

He also believes that the triple signing of Brenden AaronsonRasmus Kristensen and Marc Roca would have been signed regardless of the departure of Raphinha and Phillips.

However, these major sales could be set to recoup a healthy sum of over £100million ready for Leeds United’s transfer kitty, but the Sky Sports reporter believes the Yorkshire club still needs to bring in more players.

He said: “We expect Leeds to move quickly and bring new players to the club: another midfielder, a winger, and a striker to play alongside Patrick Bamford as Jesse Marsch likes to play two up front.

“Leeds paid £16m for Raphinha and will look to do the same by buying players early and developing them. That’s the strategy.

“They won’t spend £60m to £70m on a player because they’ve identified their targets and they know who they want.

“If Leeds can get three more in then they can argue it’s been a good window – even though they’ve lost two massive players.”

Life after Raphinha and Phillips

Losing two key players like Raphina and Phillips was always going to be hard, as their stature and importance to their team are relatively unmatched.

The Brazilian international was the Whites’ top scorer with 11 goals last season while notching three assists, a tally only bettered by Dan James, who had four assists across the campaign.

Signed from Stade Rennais in 2019, he has become one of the league’s most dynamic and entertaining players, taking on defenders at ease with this trickery and pace and creating countless goalscoring opportunities for him and his teammates.

Phillips on the other hand had a season hampered by injury, but the England international has shown time and time again what an impressive player he is.

He is a defensive midfielder with a superb passing range and great tactical awareness, both of which were shown during England’s run to the final of the Euros last summer, where he and midfielder Declan Rice put on a clinic of midfield performances to drive England to a penalty away from glory.

Finding direct replacements for the duo will be difficult so manager Jesse Marsch is probably better off finding a way of re-investing the money from their sales around the team and strengthening the squad as a whole.

In other Leeds United news, this Whites player has undergone a medical ahead of leaving the club permanently.