So does Nice Guy Brian want "six or seven" new recruits, or does his list include options, should his first and second targets prove unobtainable? That's the first of so many questions provoked by news of the "hit list" passed by the bespectacled boss to his GFH Capital employers.
It could be the Warnock speaking last summer as McDermott warns, "Giving a list and getting players over the line isn’t the same and it’s not easy to get players over the line. My experience of football is that sometimes it takes longer than you’d like" and we all remember that, like Brian, Old Big Gob was keen "to do business early" because "Recruitment is going to be really important for us.”
Of course, there's no surprise that McDermott wants to recruit - every team in the Championship will be planning to do exactly the same thing - but the big question, which remains unanswered, is how much GFH Capital are prepared to invest. Many Leeds fans hope that the parsimonious approach adopted in January was prompted by the knowledge that the Warnock was leaving, and will repeat the mantra that it would be stupid to announce how much there is to spend, for fear of alerting selling clubs and so raising prices, but some sort of public commitment from the Board would be reassuring.
Do Leeds really need seven? Two strikers should be the priority, then there's a need for somebody with pace to play wide, and then there's a crying need for a play maker. The defence is decent but perhaps an additional centre back is required. That's five. Invest £2m on each recruit and that's only an outlay of £10m, and that's not much of a punt with the megabucks of the Prem as the jackpot.