With Sam Byram now a hammer and plenty of fans very pissed off (I don't blame you). It's now time to focus on how we get over this sale and move forward.
Unfortunately, the club will still be owned by that corrupt Italian twat and that may not change for a while. However, there's now a spot in the first team available and here are the players that could fill that gap.
At right back we have Swiss full back Gaetano Berardi. The talented full back who had been very impressive since the start of the season has struggled to be in the first team picture since he was suspended and should seize this opportunity to force his way back into the starting XI.
Berardi is 10x the player of current right back Scott Wootton and should be preferred for all games. The fact that Berardi can actually defend is the main reason he is a more preferred option and his ability to come forward and support the right midfielder also gives the club more strength when attacking.
The next player who could replace Byram in his preferred right back position is Lewie Coyle. The young full back has featured twice for the club recently, making his home debut in the FA Cup against Rotherham United.
Coyle is in the same archetype as Byram, his size and skill make him a great attacking threat without forcing the player to be less effective when in defence. The talented right back is now 19-year old and could well bed in to a side that is packed with impressive youth, most of which he has known through the academy for the past 6 years.
The next position that will need to be replaced is Byram's recent position of right midfield. Losing Byram, who had become his first choice right midfielder will force head coach Steve Evans to rethink his strategy.
The player that would be best suited for the role and deserves his chance in the team is Jordan Botaka. The Congolese winger has been a forgotten man in recent weeks and it's about time that Evans actually gave the lad a chance.
His pace and skill are far better than what Byram possessed and with a little perseverance and support, the winger could become the all round player that Byram had become before departing.
Botaka is a very talented player and when he's given the chance to play, defenders don't like him. It's a common fact that having a skilful player like Jordan forces teams to commit two players to him and this creates a ton of space for players like Lewis Cook and Alex Mowatt to carve out chances. With a shortage of wingers and a game that Leeds need to win, it's about time Botaka got a real chance in the first time and Evans stopped being such a nit-picking sod.
If the rumours are true and Steve Evans has been trusted with the money from the Byram departure and is now planning to strengthen his squad. Recent rumours suggest that Evans is interested in making a formal approach for Peterborough's Marcus Maddison. The talented winger who can play either side of the itch and even fill in as a forward would be a fantastic signing if bought on the cheap.
Other players who could come in and give sufficient support are recently linked Sunderland right sided player Adam Matthews and Craig Noone, who could be available on the cheap from crisis club Cardiff City.
Possible loan moves for Arsenal pair Alex Iwobi and Jeff Reine-Adelaide could be the perfect chance to add talent to the squad and save the funds for next season. If Leeds can bring the players in on a short term basis, the chance to keep them for next season could be a possibility, giving the club a real threat for a prolonged amount of time.
Whatever happens, Leeds have lost a real star that could easily go on to make an England cap. Why did we lose him? Because our owner is more bothered about his pride and forcing the blame on others to realise that giving Byram the smallest of pay increases could have kept him at the cub for years to come.
Losing a player like Byram doesn't just give our promotion chances a hit, it puts into perspective how much of a crisis this club could really be in. If we can't keep our best youngsters at our club when Leeds runs through their veins, how can we even consider progressing as a club?
If you want my advise, which you probably don't. You need to show Cellino what a big mistake he has made in his running of the club. Our future should be in our hands, the people who love the cub the most.
By Ryan Ingham
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