Leeds head coach Marcelo Bielsa made four loan signings last summer, but winger Jack Harrison was the only one to make an impact at Elland Road.
Harrison, who joined on loan from Manchester City, was an important player for Leeds in the Championship last season and scored four goals, although he did frustrate fans at times with some inconsistent performances.
Leeds also signed winger Izzy Brown, midfielder Lewis Baker and goalkeeper Jamal Blackman, all on loan from Chelsea, but the three players failed to make an impact.
Former Leeds striker Whelan has urged the club to sign better players this summer and has criticised the three Chelsea loanees.
“The Chelsea three loanees, they were dreadful. They had good Chelsea academy backgrounds and decent professional experience but proved nothing in a Leeds shirt,” Whelan told Football Insider.
“If that’s the standard, we have a better academy than they have. These so-called big hitters couldn’t get a game for us.
“Clearly, the likes of Jamie Shackleton and Jack Clarke were showing a lot more endeavour and a better attitude on the training ground, and that’s why the manager picked him ahead of the Chelsea boys.
“If Leeds are going to bring in loan signings again this summer from Premier League clubs, they have to make a far bigger impact.”
Bielsa will be looking to strengthen his squad again this summer and could be forced to rely on the loan market, after owner Andrea Radrizzani admitted that the club will face a difficult transfer window.
I agree with Whelan here.
Harrison was the only loan player that was able to make an impact for Leeds last season and the club have to recruit better this summer, if they are to win promotion next season.
Bielsa could be forced to rely on the loan market again this summer, but it is vital that his new signings make more of an impact than the three Chelsea loanees did last season.
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