The Premier League may seem a long way away for Leeds United fans right now. With coronavirus suspending all matches, the Whites’ promotion hopes have been put on hold for the time being.
Once the summer transfer market opens, the Whites could find themselves in either the Championship or the Premier League – which everyone hopes is the latter.
If Leeds does get promoted, Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa will be handed a large transfer budget by owner Andrea Radrizzani for the upcoming summer window, as the Whites plan for life in the Premier League.
In this article, we will have a look at some of the players that Leeds United could sign in the summer.
10. Teemu Pukki
Norwich City striker Teemu Pukki has been backed to join Leeds this summer, if the Canaries are relegated. He has had a successful start to life in the Premier League, scoring five goals in his first three games.
Pukki, 29, who came through the ranks of Fc KooTeePee’s youth system, played for several clubs including Celtic and Brondby IF before moving to Carrow Road in 2018.
Pukki has taken his game to the next level and has been the star man for the Canaries. Hence, Bielsa should look to take him on board before the start of the new season.
In total, he has scored 11 goals in the Premier League for Norwich this season; level with Manchester City star Raheem Sterling, and Manchester United’s Anthony Martial.
9. Che Adams
Another forward heavily linked with Leeds United during the January transfer window, Southampton were unwilling to discuss a deal for the striker they signed from Birmingham City in the summer – despite his lack of opportunities and goals in his debut campaign in the top-flight.
Just eight of his 19 Premier League appearances this season have come as a starter and he’s still awaiting his first goal for the club. However, he netted 22 for Birmingham City in the Championship last season and remains highly rated.
8. Andre Gray
Bielsa also considered a move for Watford’s Andre Gray during the winter transfer window. He was considered a back-up option to Adams, after the deal seemingly fell through.
While a deal was unable to be secured during the mid-season window, the 28-year-old may consider his future at the end of the Hornets’ current campaign, as the majority of his opportunities have come as a substitute..
If Leeds gain promotion to the Premier League this season, their wage budget would likely be increased owing to TV revenue, meaning Gray could be a feasible signing.
7. Luke Woolfenden
Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa has been locked in a transfer battle with Premier League side Crystal Palace for Ipswich Town defender Luke Woolfenden.
Woolfenden has caught attention from a number of clubs this season, after his successful season in League One with the Tractor Boys. The youngster has started 31 league matches for Ipswich this season, and has largely been one of their best players.
Sheffield United have also been linked with a move for Woolfenden, as well as Championship club QPR. But, it’s believed that Palace and Leeds are leading the way for the defender.