Early identification of targets leads to positive summer window for Leeds United

IMPRESSIVE: Ezgjan Alioski celebrates scoring against Nottingham Forest. Picture: Simon Hulme
IMPRESSIVE: Ezgjan Alioski celebrates scoring against Nottingham Forest. Picture: Simon Hulme
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MANAGING DIRECTOR Angus Kinnear is “delighted” with Leeds United’s recruitment during the summer transfer window.

Leeds landed their 15th and 16th signings of the summer on transfer deadline day as Hamburg striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga joined on a season-long loan after Swedish winger/striker Pawel Cibicki had arrived on a four-deal from Malmo.

Leeds United's managing director Angus Kinnear.  Picture: Bruce Rollinson

Leeds United's managing director Angus Kinnear. Picture: Bruce Rollinson

Cibicki joined Leeds for an undisclosed fee – reported to be around £1.45m in the Swedish press – and will look to become the latest shrewd acquisition of the summer.

While United have lost both last year’s top goalscorer Chris Wood and left-back Charlie Taylor to Premier League Burnley, new Spanish playmaker Samuel Saiz and winger Gianni Alioski in particular have proved fine additions. Leeds have also signed centre-back Pontus Janssson on a permanent deal this summer after last season’s loan deal, while new German goalkeeper Felix Wiedwald has become the club’s new No 1.

Hadi Sacko’s loan deal was also made permanent, while Leeds have also signed Vurnon Anita, Jay-Roy Grot, Caleb Ekuban, Mateusz Klich, Madger Gomes, Andy Lonergan and Ouasim Bouy, who has been loaned back out to Cultural Leonesa.

With Everton’s Matthew Pennington and Manchester United’s Cameron Borthwick-Jackson also joining on loan, Kinnear is highly pleased with the work carried out during the summer window.

We identified our targets early which is why we were able to do the majority of the business early which was really important.

Leeds United’s Angus Kinnear

“We are delighted with the results,” he said.

“We identified our targets early which is why we were able to do the majority of the business early which was really important. So most of the signings we made were integrated into Thomas’ squad for pre-season in Austria and they have made an impact in the first team. Then we have added some great talent to that over the last couple of days.”

Director of football Victor Orta added: “When all this work finishes in a good performance for one of these players, obviously it is the best moment in my job.”

STICKING AROUND: Making Pontus Jansson 's move to Leeds United permanent was an early aim for the Elland Road club  . Picture: Anna Gowthorpe/PA

STICKING AROUND: Making Pontus Jansson 's move to Leeds United permanent was an early aim for the Elland Road club . Picture: Anna Gowthorpe/PA

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