Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa does not want to be found short for players next season with Brighton’s Ben White, Man City’s Jack Harrison and Liam McCarron from Carlisle all joining the Whites for next season.
Harrison, 22, spent last season on loan at Leeds and has signed a one-year contract extension with City until 2022.
White also joins after signing a one-year extension with Brighton and is now under contract until 2022.
McCarron, 18, joins for an undisclosed free from League Two club Carlisle.
So, are the trio good signings for Leeds?
“These are all very clever signings.
“I will not pretend to know much about McCarron but if Bielsa has identified the youngster as one for the future then he must have a fair bit about him.
“Harrison on loan with an option to buy is smart. The winger knows the club and more importantly knows Bielsa and it will be interesting to see how high a level he can reach under him this time.
“White too seems very promising. He is an excellent ball playing centre-back already so who knows how good he could be after a full pre-season and will provide much-needed competition at the back.”
“I’m really looking forward to seeing Harrison back in a Leeds shirt next season and believe he could be a real handful as he continues to progress under Marcelo Bielsa.
“There might’ve only been four goals last season, but his performances got better as the campaign went on, and a full pre-season under the Argentine should give him even more confidence.
“In terms of White, it is a big step up from where he’s been on loan previously, but in Liam Cooper and Pontus Jansson, he has two experienced heads working alongside him, who will make him a better player in the future. It’ll be interesting watching his development in the summer.
“Finally, McCarron is a signing for the under-23s, and given who Leeds are signing this summer, I’d expect him to stay there for the next 12 months. Nevertheless, he looks like a good addition for the future and a potential long-term Jack Clarke replacement.”
“I’m not sure about Jack Harrison. I thought he was average at best last season. He never managed to step up consistently and aside from the Swansea game in February I can’t remember him putting in a really top display.
“Liam McCarron is one for the future. I wouldn’t expect to see him around the first team yet but, like Leif Davis, he might get the odd run out. From what I’ve seen of him, he’s a real talent.
“As for Ben White, it looks underwhelming again. He has League Two and League One experience, but nothing in the Championship.
“Personally, if I were a Leeds fan, I’d be a little upset at these signings. They’re not going to help them find the extra points they need to make the top two.”