Yesterday Leeds announced the signing of Ouasim Buoy on a free transfer.
They also announced that he would be leaving the next day to join Cultural Leonesa on loan for the season.
While many football manager geeks like myself will not bat an eye at a deal of this calibre (damn work permits keeping me away from the next Messi for 4 years!) many fans won't grasp the deal so well.
Although this is indeed not a work permit issue, Leeds are now looking ahead to a bright future. With that vision will come a heavy investment in the youth culture at Thorp Arch and plenty of foreign youngsters bolstering our academy of already excellence.
A deal of this calibre is not foreign in its making, but extremely foreign in its design. Purchasing a player to then loan him out is something that only major clubs do and not a second tier English side.
However, the success rates for this pragmatism are tenfold for many clubs. Just not Chelsea, it doesn't work, there's too many players, won't someone think of the children!
The move is another show of the new in depth scouting and transfer network brought in by the reformed back office team headed by Victor Orta.
Back to the signing, Bouy joins with bags of top football experience having graduated from the famed Ajax academy back in 2012 prior to signing for Italian giants Juventus.
The 24-year old has spent plenty of time on loan in top divisions including two spells with Eredivisie side Pec Zwolle.
Best played as a defensive midfielder or centre back, Bouy signed a four year deal with Leeds but will spend his first season on loan at Leeds' new feeder club Cultural Leonesa.
The clubs DoF Victor Orta stated that the move was for the best interest of the player who needs first team football that Leeds can't guarantee him.
It's remained to be seen how this season will plan out but Bouy makes it 11 signings this season, you can't blame the efforts of Orta and his boys.
By Ryan Ingham