Two Deadline Day Signings That Leeds United Could Complete In Order To Survive The Season
Leeds United are unbeaten in their opening 5 games of the season, winning 3 and drawing 2 in what has been a pleasantly surprising start to the Championship campaign for Thomas Christiansen’s men.
Their start could have been better; disappointing 0-0 draws at home against Preston North End and Fulham have, if anything, held the West Yorkshire side back somewhat, and a look at their overall profile makes them more impressive potentially, than the two sides currently above them, Ipswich and Cardiff City.
A pair of 2-0 away wins at Sunderland and Nottingham Forest have shown what Leeds can do and it means they have not conceded a goal in the league since their opening day 3-2 win at Bolton Wanderers. That’s quite a record early on, but Christiansen knows that reinforcements are needed if they are to be genuine title contenders. So the following two players will still be very much at the forefront of his mind:
Pawel Cibicki (Malmo FF)
Talk is of a £1.5million bid for the Swedish forward who has netted 22 goals in 110 games in his native country and even has experience of playing in both the Champions League qualifiers as well as the Europa League.
With Malmo, he has completed the Allsvenskan/Cup double in both 2013 and 2014. So he comes with attitude of a winner who expects to be at the top end of the table. That is the sort of attitude and confidence Christiansen wants and the 23-year-old could end up being a very wise signing indeed, though slightly under the radar of most observers.
Rudy Gestede (Middlesbrough)
The big fella has actually been in good form for Boro since the start of this season, having already scored a league goal from his position on the left of Garry Monk’s front three.
Given this, and Leeds’ start to the season, it’s remotely possible that former Leeds boss Garry Monk will sanction a deal to send one of his forwards to a promotion rival, but that would not stop Thomas Christiansen from tabling another bid for the 28-year-old Frenchman.
Gestede knows his way around the block, having represented Cardiff, Blackburn Rovers and Aston Villa in this country before his stint at the Riverside. With the likes of Ashley Fletcher chomping at the bit to get involved on Teesside, Gestede may yet be allowed out and would represent a good piece of business for the Elland Road club.