Phil Hay outlines the one “extremely important” thing Leeds must do this summer

Leeds United are on the verge of achieving something glorious – a return to the Premier League after a 16-year absence from the competition, and Phil Hay of The Athletic believes the club must get something right this summer.

What’s he said?

Marcelo Bielsa’s rampant side have won five straight league games to go one point clear at the top of the Championship table whilst also possessing a seven-point cushion to the playoff positions.

A very, very healthy spot to be in with only nine matches remaining this term.

That aforementioned ‘P’ word will be strictly banned at Elland Road until official confirmation, but you’d be lying to think it isn’t firmly in their hands right now.

Speaking in a recent Q&A, Hay suggested that recruitment during the off-season will be imperative in ensuring they don’t waste the opportunity of playing in the top-flight.

He said:

phil hay leeds summer recruitment claim - Phil Hay outlines the one "extremely important" thing Leeds must do this summer

Must get it right

It’s rather hard to disagree with the ever-reliable scribe and there’s a huge case in point right in front of everyone’s eyes in the Premier League.

Aston Villa earned promotion via the playoffs last season, clinching around £170m for that win alone and as a result, brought out the chequebook no fewer than 12 players for a total fee that can’t be far off that number above.

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But their brash spending hasn’t paid dividends as Monday night’s defeat to Leicester City condemned them to the relegation zone, meaning they are at risk of being in the Premier League for merely one season.

This is something Leeds will need to ensure they do not replicate and that’ll be done through effective recruitment, so Hay is spot on in his assessment of it being “extremely important”.

It’s not about buying every star in sight, but rather the type of player and his fit for the manager’s system.

Where is he from?! Can you name which obscure countries these famous players have represented?

And in other news, Leeds may already have a ready-made Ben White replacement…

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