A surprise whatsapp from Stephen Beddows was the catalyst for a return albeit in the feeder league Top 120. After taking a break from Top 100 it is true like Nick Wheels said in the recent Top 100 TV you find yourself drawn to coming back so here I am again.
Onto the squad build at Leeds, a very different challenge. £40m, to bring in at least 21 players and none aged over 30, a tricky task. Do you go with the balance of youth and some experience or for those wonder kids that one day may make it big or not? A balance was decided so Leeds could have a crack at getting out of Division 2. Moving on to the squad.
Aaron Ramsdale- top target in this position fought off competition for his signature. Linked with Arsenal in RL.
Marcelo Pitaluga- young 18 year old reserve keeper with Liverpool IRL. Talented young stopper one for the future.
Liam Cooper- experienced CB brought in for £1.9m as a free agent.
Kristoffer Ajer- can play right back/centre back or in a defensive midfield great versatility which is always useful in a small squad. Moved to Brentford IRL and had a decent debut at home to Arsenal.
Max Kilman- can play CB/left back and as a left wing back. Bought as a free agent to add yet some versatility and a cheap option for an 82.
Ruan Tressoldi- just signed by Sassuolo and loaned back to Gremio. Only 73 rated CB and should get some sort of increase.
Matias Vina- 86 rated left back, can play CB and in a left midfield role. Recently moved to Roma IRL, a solid addition who again can play a few positions.
Ismael Doukoure- young 18 year old who again can play CB and LB, plus left wing back. Highly rated linked with Arsenal IRL and one for the future.
Ben Johnson- a player I like and rate. Hope he can get more chances at West Ham IRL. Can play in either full back position and slightly higher up.
Todd Cantwell- a player with a really bright future and a player I really like was the main reasons we beat a few clubs to sign him. 86 rated and will be a key player for Leeds.
Manuel Ugarte- recently moved to Sporting IRL, currently rated 82 so hoping he can push into the first team and push that rating up.
Ivan Ilic- can play all central midfield areas and turned his loan move to Hellas into a permanent one recently IRL. Dynamic midfield player only 20 another target.
Amadou Onana- defensive midfielder moved to Lille recently IRL. Can operate as a CB as well so give us more cover.
Bruno Iglesias- young 18 year old Madrid midfielder, brought in with one eye on the future.
Yoane Wissa- winger come striker moved to Brentford recently. Decent season with Lorient in Ligue 2 IRl last season
Kaoru Mitoma- signed by Brighton IRL and sent on loan to Royale Union in Belgium. Decent stats in Japanese league rated 82 only £1.6m for 82 rated player.
Keane Lewis-Potter- Highly rated young winger come striker. Watched high closely in league one last season IRL and looks a decent player. Certainly a player for the future, hopefully
Roberto Massimo- can play anywhere down the right and as a left winger. Made a number of appearances last season and started at the weekend IRL. Only 20 and hoping he can get more games and rise in rating.
Nico Williams- young 19 year old winger brought in for the future.
Miguel Rodriguez- young 18 year old winger come striker. Has made some brief appearances IRL for Celta.
Armando Broja- 19 year old striker loaned to Southampton IRL. Had decent season with Vitesse last season hoping for more this season to boost his 82 rating
Sydney Van Hooijdonk- 21 year old recently moved to Bologna. Bought as a free agent hoping for a little rise only rated 77.