Leeds United News: ‘The one who ran away’ this summer
Presenter Joe Wainman has admitted he wants Leeds United to sign Conor Gallagher in the recent transfer window.
What happened with Conor Gallagher this summer?
Gallagher spent last season on loan at West Brom and was one of their shining lights in a disastrous campaign for the Baggies which saw them relegated to the championship.
Having demonstrated their potential in the Hawthorns top flight, Leeds were interested in loaning Gallagher to Chelsea earlier this summer as they looked to strengthen their midfield options.
However, the 21-year-old has opted to temporarily join Crystal Palace, the Premier League team.
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What did Joe Wainman say about missing Leeds Gallagher?
Wainman confessed he was disappointed to see Leeds fail to secure a deal for Gallagher, saying he placed great importance on the England Under-21 international.
He said: “Conor Gallagher is the one who got away. Big fan of him. I wish we had brought him in.
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Can Leeds still start without Gallagher this season?
Leeds enjoyed a dream comeback in the Premier League last season, picking up memorable victories over Manchester City, Tottenham and Leicester on their way to ninth place.
They have also managed to keep their key players this summer, with Raphinha remaining and Jack Harrison joining the club on a permanent basis after a long loan spell.
However, they failed to improve their midfield. This may not be a major concern for Bielsa given he still has Kalvin Phillips, who is now an established international, in his ranks, while Stuart Dallas could return to the middle of the park if Junior Firpo moves to the left rear in the coming weeks.
However, Leeds could have benefited from the arrival of another player for that area of the pitch, and Gallagher would have been the perfect target.
His box-to-box style fits perfectly with Bielsa’s philosophy, and the youngster has already started racing at the Palace this season, scoring two beautifully taken goals against West Ham during its last outing.
By adding Gallagher to their squad, Leeds may have imagined their chances of climbing even higher in the rankings this year. As it stands, they haven’t signed him, and it looks like Bielsa has some work to do with trying to revive his squad in 2021/22.