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A Complete Breakdown of Leeds United Summer Transfer Window

At least, I hope so

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The transfer window has finally come to a close, and the entire footballing world can breathe a sigh, and depending on your club that’s a sigh of relief or a sigh of frustration. Leeds were B.U.S.Y. this transfer window, wheeling and dealing players in and out of Elland Road. Below, a complete list of guys we let go or sold, guys we brought in, loaned out, and loaned in. I’m going back as far as right before Leeds published a retained list after the 2016/17 season when youngsters Billy Whitehouse and Jack Vann were released from the club

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Chris Wood- Burnley €16.4 Mill

Charlie Taylor- Burnley €5-7 Mill

Liam Bridcutt- Forrest €~1 Mill

Marco Silvestri- Chievo Verona €undisclosed

Jack Vann- Harrogate Town €free

Billy Whitehouse- FA

Jordan Botaka- Sint-Truiden €free

Ross Turnbull- FA

Giuseppe Bellusci- Palermo €free*

Lee Erwin- Kilmarnock €free*

Rob Green- Huddersfield Town €free*

Toumani Diagouraga- €free*

Souleymane Doukara- Osmanlispor €free*

*One thing with the new Thomas Christiansen regime, he isn’t shy about releasing players. I think we all could say we wish we got at least a little money out of (any of these) Bellusci, Diagouraga, Doukara, Erwin, or Green. However, good on the man that he’s willing to let go of guys to go to other clubs, even if a fee couldn’t be agreed upon. At least, I hope that's what went on.

Charlie Taylor was the first player the club got money from, as the Whites and Clarets agreed on a fee for the player before the two sides went to a tribunal. Marco Silvestri made a move back home to Italy, joining Chievo Verona after the Whites brought in German goalkeeper Felix Wiedwald. He was reportedly still in TC’s plans, but last years captain Liam Bridcutt left the club for 1st team football at Nottingham Forrest. Considering Leeds brought in 50 million midfielders to kick start the legendary Christiansen 2-7-1 formation, he won’t be a huge loss. And then there’s Chris Wood. We’ve talked his move to death lately, so in case you didn’t know, no one faulted the Kiwi for joining a PL team, but Burnley? That’s all that needs to be said there.

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Pontus Jansson- Torino (officially) €3.8 mill

Samu Sáiz- SD Huesca €3.5 mill

Hadi Sacko- Sporting Lisbon B €2.5 mill

Ezgjan “Gjanni” Alioski- FC Lugano €2.5 mill

Mateusz Klich- FC Twente €1.7 mill

Jay-Roy Grot- NEC Nijmegen €1.6 mill

Paweł Cibicki- Malmö €1.6 mill

Conor Shaughnessy- Leeds u23 €free

Caleb Ekuban- Chievo Verona €500,000

Felix Wiedwald- Werder Bremen €500,000

Ouasim Bouy- Juventus €free

Madger Gomes- Liverpool u23 €free

Vurnon Anita- Newcastle €free

Andy Lonergan- Wolves €free

On paper, Leeds had a hell of a transfer window (could end the sentence here honestly) when you look at some of the outrageous transfer fees this summer. Pontus Jansson is only the backbone of our defense, prying him away from Torino for under four mill is a steal, and you could say that for a lot of the guys we brought in this window. Sáiz and Alioski have been magnificent signings this summer. The same can’t be said for Hadi Sacko, so let's hope he can square his season around. My steal of the window? Vurnon Anita. A special shout out to the myriad of Academy players we signed, especially from Spain. The future looks bright.

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Luke Murphy- Burton Albion

Lewie Coyle- Fleetwood Town

Tyler Denton- Port Vale

Ouasim Bouy- CyD Leonesa

Marcus Antonsson- Blackburn

Mallik Wilks- Accrington Stanley

For some (Murphy, likely Antonsson), these loan moves are make-or-break moves. I’m honestly surprised Murphy wasn’t released, and it’s likely that he will be next year if he doesn’t sign a deal with Burton Albion. For Marcus, his move to Blackburn is all about gaining confidence for next year. If Pierre-Michel Lasogga signs permanently for Leeds, Antonsson could be on his way out. After being left thin after Wood’s transfer and Doukara’s release, Leeds now have Jay-Roy Grot, Paweł Cibicki, Caleb Ekuban, and potentially Lasogga awaiting Antonsson on his return. Nevertheless, now that the window closed, be on the lookout for a regular loan report for these six


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Matthew Pennington- Everton

Cameron Borthwick-Jackson- Manchester United

Pierre-Michel Lasogga- Hamburg

It’d be pretty flippin’ cool if we were able to sign all these guys on permanent deals. Will that happen? Eehhhhhhhhhh. Likely not. But it’d be cool. Matthew Pennington had a hell of a debut for Leeds before getting injured, but there's a lot of potential in the lad. I don’t think he’d be deemed surplus to requirements at Everton, but if he was ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°). Cameron Borthwick-Jackson fills a hole at left-back (not like Pennington didn’t do that too), but signing him on a perm will be hard thanks to him being a Man U kid. He had a terrible loan spell at Wolverhampton, but he’s been pretty solid for us thus far. I’d love to have him permanently. Of the three, I’d be most okay if Lasogga didn’t sign a permanent deal. I like our depth at striker. It's full of potential, albeit unproven. Lasogga is a great one year option, and unless he has a Chris Wood-esque season, one year is all that should be necessary.

How do you feel about Leeds’s summer window? Any position that you feel uncomfortable about? I still feel like we needed another CB. Lemme know your thoughts in the comments!