Leeds United: Rosler pleased with squad

Uwe Rosler.
Uwe Rosler.
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Uwe Rosler said Leeds United’s transfer business was “95 per cent complete” after securing Tom Adeyemi in a deal which Rosler described as “too good” to miss.

United’s head coach admitted that the addition of width and pace to his attacking line was still on the agenda following Adeyemi’s arrival but Rosler will take Leeds on tour to Austria later this week with most of his work in the market done.

Adeyemi joined Leeds from Cardiff City on a season-long loan yesterday, becoming United’s fifth new signing of the summer.

The 23-year-old – a box-to-box midfielder who Rosler coached at Brentford – has moved to Elland Road with a view to a permanent transfer just 12 months after joining Cardiff from Birmingham City in a deal worth over £1million.

Rosler said he had been monitoring Adeyemi’s progress since failing to sign him full-time after Brentford lost the League One play-off in 2013.

Adeyemi had been at loan at Griffin Park from Norwich City but chose to join Birmingham in the Championship following Brentford’s narrow failure to win promotion.

Rosler was anxious to strengthen his midfield after losing Luke Murphy to minor knee surgery two weeks ago, a setback which compounded Leeds’ decision to release Jamaican Rodolph Austin at the end of last season.

Rosler said: “When you have the opportunity to bring in a player like Tom under the conditions we got him - at the age of 23, 150-plus starts in the Football League, with potential to get better - it was too good an opportunity.

“He’s a smashing lad, very ambitious. He’s been proven in League Two, League One and in the Championship. He’s a very competent Championship player.

“We needed that sort of player, someone who gives us different options. I worked with the player at Brentford for a year. Then there’s the fact we lost Rodolph Austin with his attributes and qualities, and Luke Murphy.

“When I see our midfield and the option (Adeyemi) gives me, I get very excited about it.”

Rosler said Leeds would have “first option” to sign Adeyemi at the end of this season, a point at which the midfielder will have one year remaining on his deal at Cardiff.

His opportunities in Wales have been limited since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the manager who took him to Cardiff, was sacked in September and replaced by Russell Slade.

City invested a seven-figure fee in Adeyemi when they prised him from Birmingham in 2014 and the switch looked to have rewarded a player who left Norwich on loan three times before earning regular Championship football at St Andrews.

Rosler said: “Tom in many ways did it the hard way. I admire him. Everything worked out to plan apart from now - the change of manager at Cardiff and a couple of injuries. It set him back a little bit.

“But he has a very defined career plan and at some point he has to find a home. He thought he had it at Cardiff but in football things happen.”

Rosler’s recruitment had already seen Leeds sign strikers Lee Erwin and Chris Wood, goalkeeper Charlie Horton and centre-back Sol Bamba.

United’s boss said he was carrying an excess of strikers in his squad but was still aiming to add quick players to his attacking line.

Leeds are also likely to recruit a second-choice goalkeeper as understudy to Marco Silvestri but Rosler voiced satisfaction with the progress made since his appointment as head coach in May.

“I said all the time that I wish to add more pace,” Rosler said. “Tom has a good change of pace in midfield but up front my ambition was always to add more pace.

“In some areas we are over covered. We have too many centre forwards at the moment. In the wider areas we are thin.

“But as I said before, we are still assessing and we are not in a hurry. Compared to other teams we’re going into the training camp (in Austria) with 95 per cent of our business done.

“It’s a fantastic achievement and (owner Massimo) Cellino has been crucial in that. We’ve done good business in our framework and our budget.”