Leeds United fans are a vocal lot and they’ve been quick to react to news of Stoke City’s move for Brentford midfielder Ryan Woods.
24-year old Woods looks likely to join Gary Rowett’s side today in a £6.5m deal which will initially be a loan, but the switch has drawn criticism from some quarters.
Journalist Phil Hay has questioned the EFL’s deadline for purchases when clubs are getting around it with such ease.
The extension of the loan deadline has simply seen clubs change the parameters of a deal to include an initial loan spell, completely negating the deadline of a couple of weeks ago.
Leeds’ fans are also unhappy with the buying power Stoke City seem to have, with one remarking how a reward for Gary Rowett’s awful start to the season is a huge chunk of money to buy another player.
They’ve also accused the recently-relegated side of attempting to buy the league, a risky strategy as proven by clubs suffering FFP problems this season.
There’s also a degree of jealousy that an accomplished and exciting footballer is seemingly out of reach of Bielsa’s side, despite them setting the early pace.
Here’s a selection of responses from Twitter…
Ah yes of course, that’s what Stoke needed.. more players. That squad of high profiled, experienced players should be ashamed of themselves. Syphoning a club if ever I’ve seen it.
— Adam Haywood (@DonVito_84) August 24, 2018
Here’s your reward Mr Rowett for a sterling start and for getting beat 3-0 at home go and spend some more cash
— Andy Pye (@BalearicSocial) August 24, 2018
One Leeds should of gone for.. But there's another one we missed on
— GARFORTH WHITE 1970 (@1970Garforth) August 24, 2018
How can we compete for players when teams like stoke are buying whoever they want ? Woods would be ideal for leeds.
— Christian Howard (@Ballboy34) August 24, 2018
Shame we can’t compete for players like this but can’t complain complain been fantastic start.
— Ron (@ronaallleeds) August 24, 2018
Ridiculous rule. Besides they have a truckload of CMs. What are they going for?
— SA (@Aravind_SA) August 24, 2018
That's a quality signing, the type we should be going for tbf ! Stoke , villa , boro all bulking up with quality to add to there squads .
— marshall (@sales08988433) August 24, 2018
Stoke buying the league – hope they fall flat on their faces.
— Tony (@Tonylufc28) August 24, 2018