Leeds miss out on Chris Wood, unable to compete financially with Leicester

Neil Warnock has today, in his criminally under read weekly column in the Independent newspaper, admitted that Leeds United were in the market for West Brom striker and future Leicester signing Chris Wood, a position Warnock has pointed out as requiring strengthening in the January transfer window.

Warnock has said that he, in terms of budget, “just can’t compete financially with Leicester”.

Leicester are, of course, one of the more spend-happy teams in the Championship, and were able to lavish £30,000+ a week on former Leeds man Jermaine Beckford when signing him a year and a half ago.

The question is now, for Leeds fans, whether the newly GFH Capital-backed Warnock is still having to deal with immense constraints on his budget, or if we would have been able to sign a talent like Wood had Leicester not also been in the market. Whilst the latter is still painful and unideal, it would be less of an issue were Wood overpaid in Warnock’s eyes. It is, however, a knock to those who believed GFH represented a shift towards lavish spending and an easy promotion.

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29 thoughts on “Leeds miss out on Chris Wood, unable to compete financially with Leicester”

  1. Despite popular belief, Leeds have always been a selling club (Charles, McQueen, Jordan, Speed and Batty as examples) and we have always lacked the financial clout of some … there are always other options however, like developing and giving opportunities to our own youth (probably more than one Sam Byram in there), looking in alternative leagues … Scotland (Bremner, Gray, Jordan, McQueen, McAllister, Snodgrass), Scandinavia (Bakke, Austin). Maybe, just maybe there are better players than Chris Wood plying their trade in these leagues who would be delighted to join Leeds United … it’s up to the manager to find them rather than bemoaning his lack of financial clout.

  2. I couldn’t agree with that more ^

    I’m not interested in us paying inflated fees and wages, I want to see us finding real talents from less well-known teams/leagues. I admit, I was entirely ignorant about who Tony Yeboah was when he arrived at the club, and he was a relatively big money signing! As Swansea proved with Michu, there are superb players out there for far more realistic sums than those who ply their trade in England. The core of the team will, I hope, always have Leeds lads in there with plenty of others following the likes of Lees and Byram through the ranks and into the starting XI.

    Obviously, it’s up to NW and the Board to identify the players who will guide the young lads and gel with the established players. The temptation is to go for players with whom you’ve previously worked, but I hope Warnock exercises caution in that regard

  3. Leeds have wealthy backers.
    Leicester no longer overspend, Pearson is having to make cuts due to Sven’s lavish and largely unsuccessful buys.
    Millwall matched Leicester £ for £ in the deal. If Leeds can’t even match Millwall it had a problem.

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