It’s been a busy summer for Leeds United after the club lost manager Gary Monk to Championship rivals Middlesbrough.
It’s left them with former APOEL boss Thomas Christiansen in charge of the club, and they will hope that his debut season in English football will be that of great success.
Christiansen has predominantly scoured the foreign market to bring in players, with incomings like Samu Saiz, Mateusz Klich and Caleb Ekuban largely on loan to Elland Road.
Largely, that makes the Whites unknown quantities ahead of the football season, with pundits struggling to guess whether the club will sink or swim, and build on their success last season.
A player who has been tried and tested in English football is Stoke City midfielder Stephen Ireland, who has completely lost his way at the club since a double-fracture injury in his leg.
The former Republic of Ireland international made zero appearances for Stoke last season and has failed to start a game in two years for the Potters.
He was handed a six-month extension of his contract with the club whilst he fights to return to full fitness, but the short length of this deal would suggest he has no future with the club.
Rated at £850k by Transfermarkt, perhaps Leeds could sign him on a free transfer and help him gain full fitness at a level of football he’d be much more comfortable with. Once he is fit, they have a fine, fine player on their hands.
Ireland is a fine attacking midfielder who would be a fine addition for Leeds when fully fit, and this would end up as a clever move for the club.
Leeds fans… Do you agree with this? Does Ireland deserve a squad? Let us know in the comments below.