20 July 2024

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Leeds United can be pleased with the business they conducted in the transfer window.

In the wake of relegation, it was the most chaotic summer seen at Elland Road in a long time with an abundance of changes both on and off the pitch.

With Daniel Farke having become San Francisco 49ers Enterprises first managerial appointment since becoming majority shareholders in July, he has had to oversee a huge turnover in the playing squad.

Leeds lost a total of 16 players, 14 of which were part of the first team last season, with nine having come the other way in order to replace them.

However, Leeds did fail to address a key position during the window which was glaringly obvious in the 0-0 draw with Sheffield Wednesday, and is arguably Farke’s first real mistake as Whites boss.

Leeds’ failure to add no.10 is Farke’s first mistake

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Farke reiterated throughout the summer that creativity is something that needed adding to Leeds’ midfield, with the Whites not having had a proper number 10 since Pablo Hernandez’s exit in 2021.

Leeds spent about a week chasing Bayer Leverkusen’s Nadiem Amiri at the end of the window and after a number of twists and turns, the 26-year-old eventually turned down a move to Elland Road.

In Farke’s 4-2-3-1 formation, a proper number 10 is vital to the way his team’s attack and Amiri would’ve been perfect for that role thanks to his ability to play the final pass.

Once it became apparent he was not coming on Monday last week, Leeds should’ve had alternatives ready to go.

Unfortunately for whatever reason Leeds did not end up bringing one in and that has already proved costly if the draw with Wednesday is anything to go by.

The Owls lined up with a back five and were happy to sit back and let Leeds have the ball, something which will probably be a recurring theme during the season.

Leeds, though, did not have anyone capable of playing that killer ball in the final third with chances few and far between in a dour 0-0 draw.

It is a position that has long been an issue for Leeds and once again it appears as though they have left themselves short. Hopefully it will not prove too costly.

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