The 2017/18 campaign has been a disappointment for Leeds United, who have failed to build on last season’s seventh placed finish and are drifting towards mid-table.
Paul Heckingbottom’s squad are way short in terms of ability, with the play-offs a distant memory after just one victory in 2018.
Leeds’ recruitment has been put under the microscope in recent weeks, and the summer is shaping up into a huge one for Andrea Radrizzani, who will see his ambition tested, with supporters expecting money to be spent.
One player that the Elland Road faithful would love to see back is Max Gradel, who was a popular figure during his previous spell in West Yorkshire between 2009 and 2011.
Here at FLW, we put the 30-year-old’s previous spell at Elland Road under the spotlight:
Gradel scored 25 goals in 82 appearances for the Whites, with the left winger adding a further 13 assists to that tally.
The passionate winger also picked up nine yellow cards during that time, but there was no doubt his approach to the game made him a hugely popular figure at Elland Road.
Gradel currently finds himself on-loan with Toulouse in Ligue 1, not featuring in Eddie Howe’s first-team plans at AFC Bournemouth, his parent-club.
There is every chance that Gradel could be on the move again permanently in the summer, and currently valued at £6.3m with Transfermarkt, he could be a player on Leeds’ radar once again.
Radrizzani’s time with Leeds got off to an electric start, but his and Victor Orta’s recruitment has been something widely criticised.
Bringing a player of Gradel’s calibre back to Elland Road could help to turn things back in the Italian’s favour.
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