Leeds United‘s foray into the summer transfer window was dealt with two massive blows.
The club had identified major moves for quality players, but have again fallen short in getting the deals over the line - something that tells a story of how this summer of recruitment is going at Elland Road.
The players in question were Brentford pair John Egan and Florian Josefzoon who have joined two promotion rivals instead of joining the Whites.
Egan, a dominating centre back was linked early in the window as an alternative to the now-Baggie Kyle Bartley.
The 25-year old has made a £4million move to Sheffield United to sure up what could be a very sturdy defence for a Championship club including the likes of Jake Wright, Richard Stearman and Chris Basham.
Whereas Josefzoon has joined financially struggling Derby County for a fee of £2.75million- a fee the club have gambled on in order to improve their squad.
Leeds were linked with a late move for the winger but a four year deal and the promise of a team visually trying in the window seemed too enticing.
If Orta and co continue to fail in this market, the addition of Marcelo Bielsa will seem more frivolous than buying a £50,000 car to drive to Tesco.
The club are under severe pressure to make some magic in this window and with the current crop of players we have; a top six finish is out of the picture. No matter who’s coaching.
By Ryan Ingham