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Effect of play-off failure already being reflected in Leeds’ early transfer strategy



Throughout the entirety of the 2018/19 Championship season, it really did feel like it would be the season that Leeds United returned to the promised land.

Marcelo Bielsa arrived and revolutionised.

From their season-opener against Stoke City, he had turned a team that flopped to a mid-table finish under Paul Heckingbottom into a side that played high-intensity, slick, attacking football – unlike anything seen in the Championship before.

Yet, on Wednesday it all ended in tears.

Despite leading their play-off semi-final 2-0 on aggregate with less than an hour of the tie remaining, Derby County came back in style to brutally end their Premier League dream for another season.

Once the dust settles, however, this should be viewed as a season of overachieving and a real opportunity to build during the next campaign.

And, if reports are to be believed, the club are not ready to sit and feel sorry for themselves, with reports of transfers already emerging.

The club were criticised by their fans for their inactivity and their slow movement when it came to recruiting new players and that is a lesson that has clearly been learned.

Versatile midfielder Reece Brown is the latest player to be linked with a move to Elland Road, according to Football Insider, showing that the club are looking to move quickly to snap up their top targets.

Brown has been outstanding in Mark Cooper’s Forest Green Rovers side this season, helping them to the play-offs whilst scoring 11 goals and assisting 15 more along the way.

At 23 he is a seriously exciting player and it is easy to see why Bielsa may have his eye on him.

For one thing, Leeds badly lacked central-midfielders. Whilst Kalvin Phillips was excellent he had very little alongside him in terms of creativity.

Brown will bring that in bucket-loads, and more importantly, he will be ready to slot into the Whites midfield.

Throughout the previous campaign, Mark Cooper was lauded for his slick attacking style at New Lawn and it is one that has many similarities to how Leeds have played when in possession.

It may take him a pre-season to get up to speed with the intensity of their game but this is certainly a wise move from Leeds.

ScoopDragon Football News Network

Article title: Effect of play-off failure already being reflected in Leeds’ early transfer strategy

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