Sunday, 2 June 2013
McDermott in maze of blind alleys as Leeds struggle to recruit
Of course, the phone is "hot", but it sounds like agents are ringing Leeds, trying to offload players clubs don't want, rather than McDermott chasing down players he needs, and from what McDermott is saying, he is finding it all just a bit of a pain in the arse. At Reading somebody handled all this for him you see; now the buck stops with him, and a shortage of bucks is probably the problem.
Let's face it, if Leeds offered the right money, players would jump at the opportunity of joining. It is a biggish club with a biggish fan base after all. And mid table last season is a reasonable platform to build from with promotion to the Prem in mind.
Dear God, Dark Satanic Mills has all but begged Leeds to sign him, but still there is no progress, with presumably the transfer fee and wage demands stalling the deal. But we are only talking a million quid, and a club of Leeds United's stature shouldn't be worried about peanuts like that.
It all has a very familiar ring about it; although, to be fair to the Warnock and Master Bates, there was a steady stream of players into the squad last transfer window; albeit they weren't much cop for the most part, with Leeds recruiting from relegated and mid table teams. Leeds fans were delighted with the signing of every Joe Ordinary, nevertheless, and expressed huge indignation when I pointed out how crap they were. So maybe there is some cherry picking going on this time around. Maybe.
The good news is that Byram hasn't left, but he and Lees are away on England duty so nothing will happen until they have been assessed with the three lions on their chests.
It's all looking like a long, frustrating summer for Leeds fans already.
Posted by Hammersfan at 09:13