In or Out: Leeds United going into 2016/2017

I’ve done this a few times. When the wave of relief hits as another tortuous season finally ends, I look ahead to next season and which of our useless bunch of misfits deserves to stay and which should be… terminated.

Admittedly I don’t really know as much about the players as I should now I live 10,000 miles away but oh well, that’s not stopped me casting judgement before.

Goalkeepers

  • Marco Silvestri OUT – Capable of winning us games. Capable of single-handedly throwing them away. I’d prefer a new keeper.
  • Ross Turnbull IN – One year left. Keep him as back-up and an experienced head.
  • Bailey Peacock-Farrell IN – Looks and sounds promising. Give him cup games next season.
  • Eric Grimes OUT -Not sure he’s going to make it. Can see him being released.

Defenders

  • Gaetano Berardi IN – Keep! He’s actually ended up being good. Completely mad but good.
  • Charlie Taylor IN – Sign up to a long contract on good terms and do whatever we can to keep him happy.
  • Lewie Coyle IN – Keep him. Cup games and squad rotation.
  • Scott Wootton OUT – Originally I was going to say we should pay Accrington Stanley to take him off our hands but since it was revealed a total stuff up with his contract extension means he’s off this year not next.
  • Ross Killock OUT – Not sure he’ll make it. Released to League Two.
  • Sol Bamba IN sort of – Keep until contract expires.
  • Liam Cooper IN – Keep around. Could stay at captain but would prefer him as a vice-captain. Find him a good centre back partner and invest time and coaching in them working together.
  • Giuseppe Bellusci TERMINATE MERCILESSLY – Drop him in the sea.

Midfielders

  • Lewis Cook IN – Long contract, big money. Assurances about the future. Captain and the number 4 shirt please.
  • Alex Mowatt IN – Keep. Not sure he’ll start but would like to see him get good game time.
  • Liam Bridcutt IN – Sign. Sign. Sign.
  • Tom Adeyemi OUT – Bye bye.
  • Toumani Diagouraga IN – Yep, he plays for us. Guess he’ll still be around.
  • Mustapha Carayol MEH – Suppose we should make a decision on whether to sign him. Would prefer us to get a slightly better winger but can see him being the only really viable option.
  • Luke Murphy IN – Doesn’t seem like he’ll be the player we want him to be but fantastic player to have on the bench.
  • Stuart Dallas IN – Keep. One of the best players this season. Just need someone on the other flank.
  • Jordan Botaka MEH – Would love his development to follow the Max Gradel trajectory but fear it might be more of the Sanchez Watt trajectory.
  • Casper Sloth OUT – Hasn’t worked out. See you later.
  • Kalvin Phillips IN – Keep around. Time off the bench and cup games.
  • Ronaldo Vieira – Worth it for the name alone. Imagine the shirt sales if he’s actually good.
  • Tommaso Bianchi OUT – Ciao!

Forwards

  • Chris Wood IN – Keep just because we paid too much for him. Get him shooting practice.
  • Mirco Antenucci OUT – He’s on his way.
  • Eoghan Stokes IN – Not a clue. Sounds good though. Season in reserves/U21s.
  • Lee Erwin LOAN OUT – To League One or Scottish Premier.
  • Souleymane Doukara OUT (of an aeroplane window) – He can go in the sea and all.
  • Robbie McDaid IN – Meant to be great. Would like to see him get some game time off the bench.
  • Frankie Mulhern IN – See Eoghan Stokes.

Shopping list

  • Goalkeeper – Consistency please.
  • Central defender – Someone consistent and reliable. They don’t have to be Franco Baresi but just someone who’s not going to throw away points.
  • Winger – Pace and decision making. That’ll make them expensive. But we seriously need one and have done since Snodgrass left.
  • Striker – This is going to be the fastest way to get us up the league. If we can get someone who can bang in goals semi-regularly, it’s going to be the best bet of getting us into the play-offs.
  • Bonus: Another centre midfielder – Would be nice to have someone a little bit experienced, a consistent performer who can pick up the slack when the youngsters drop off in form.
  • A NEW OWNER AND MANAGER BUT MOSTLY JUST A NEW OWNER!!

I’m sure that shopping list is completely realistic.

Hopefully there are a few surprises coming up from the youth squad. Otherwise, I just don’t see how we’re going to get anywhere any time soon.

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