By Keith Ingham
After another Monday or transfer deadline day as Sky calls it. Leeds United's only signings have been Luke Murphy from Crewe (1 million), Noel Hunt from Reading (free), Matt Smith from Oldham (free) and Scott Wooton from Manu (fee rumoured to be 1million with add ons). So as the deadline has passed I thought I'd give the newcomers a look over in the games I've seen them play in.
An interesting signing, causing Twitter nearly to melt down as it was the first million pound signing since Richard Cresswell joined in 2005. His debut would never be forgotten as he scored the winner deep into injury time and also put a good shift in throughout the game, since then looks good on the ball and only in the QPR game looked out of sorts but he's young and can only benefit from the advice of the man alongside him, Rudy Austin. I'll give him 7 out of 10. Can only get better.
He made an impact in his first game as a substitute with the flick on that brought about the winner v Brighton. Since then he has mainly been used as substitute but started v Chesterfield and Doncaster. Scored a good header at the Keepmoat and although he's inexperienced at this level certainly adds height to a largely small attack line. He has his critics but I feel he'll get better during the season. 6/10
To me the most disappointing signing because of this lack of goals, he works hard but I can't remember him causing a goalkeeper much of a problem. Maybe a lucky
deflection could set him on a run. Jury out on this one. 5/10
To me the best signing we've made, a great reader of the game, confident and displacing Tom Lees is no mean feat as Tom was virtually an ever present last season, bar his suspension. I feel Scott could blossom in the team and has been money well spent. 8/10
A mention for Ross McCormack, the first player in a while to be kept instead of being sold off to the highest bidder. GFH deserve credit for keeping the Scotsman and also rebuffing any interest in the injured Sam Byram. Alex Mowatt has shown promise too with his first display at Doncaster and is another that could be featuring in the first team before too long.
With the loan window open in a few days their could be a player or maybe two joining on loan but a couple will have to leave before this happens. I feel Leeds did some good business in the summer and the players will be good additions to the squad and I'm still positive about the 2013/14 season.
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