The signing of Jason Pearce was a good start to the summer but it’s no surprise that Neil Warnock wants the flow of new players into Leeds United to gather speed.
He’s got a huge amount of work to do and every manager in his position needs some piece of mind.
Three or four deals in quick succession would give him the belief that his squad is coming together. We can all see that it’s a long way from completion.
I don’t doubt that the end of the Premier League season will help with recruitment across the Football League. Our campaign finished more than two weeks ago and it’s no great surprise that most of the rumours concerning Leeds have involved players at other Championship clubs.
But the sides in the top flight won’t wait much longer before deciding who they want to keep and who to move on.
There’s been plenty of movement behind the scenes at Elland Road and I expect that to intensify now the English season is just about over.
What’s apparent to me is how cut-throat and competitive the transfer market is going to be. Virtually every player I’ve seen linked to Leeds appears to be interesting several other clubs.
We know that a number were in for Pearce – Norwich City included – and it’s always pleasing to snap up a player when you’ve rivals for his signature.
I fully expect that Neil’s major targets are also targets for many of his managerial colleagues. It’s the way football works these days.
For a Championship boss there’s a limit to the number of players available to sign and good enough to improve your squad. There’s also a limit to your price range.
All in all, it puts a massive amount of pressure on the managers involved. You’ve got time to work with but no time to waste.
You have periods where you’re hoping and waiting for deals to come through, kicking your heels while the formalities are sorted out.
I’ve made no secret of the fact that I never fancied getting into management and you can only imagine the stress involved. It’s ironic that managers are working so hard at a time when their players are heading off for a well-earned holiday.
The positive thing about Neil is that he’s got a clear vision for next season. He’s also got a level of enthusiasm which I think potential signings will warm to easily.
It’s not to say that players are going to come simply on that basis but I think it’s a massive advantage to have someone like Neil in place – a proven coach with a track record of winning promotion. That’s what players will be looking for when they weigh up their options.
A couple of quick deals to follow up the Pearce signing would give Neil the feeling that his project at United is well under way and knowing the amount of work that’s going on, I’m sure he’ll be able to pull them off.
People are bound to be pensive about the summer and I’m sure Neil will be as relieved as anyone when everything’s in place, but as I’ve said several times before, we’re in safe hands.