With 10 minutes to go on Deadline Day last year, Leeds United's Twitter feed told its thousands of followers "Don't go to bed just yet...there is still work to be done." This rather unexpected announcement left Leeds fans everywhere waiting anxiously as the last few minutes of the summer transfer window passed. Excitement was high.
It soon transpired that the transfer window had closed and the only 'work' that had been achieved in the 10 minutes was the moving on of two promising young strikers, Matt Smith and Dominic Poleon. The national press picked up the tweet and the news papers and fans of rival football teams were quick to laugh out how Leeds United trolled its own fans.
This time around, the club were determined not to make the same mistake twice and at 12:54 PM on Tuesday 1st September, the last heavily rumoured signing of the summer was made. In a much calmer transfer window than last years fiasco, Uwe Rosler signed eight players in total. Many fans have been calling it one of the clubs most successful transfer windows in years. The club managed to bring in the right players for the positions that needed strengthen.
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Jordan Botaka and Stuart Dallas were both brought in for £1 million from Excelsior and Brentford respectively which are bound to be seen as crucial signings by the Leeds faithful as the Whites have lacked in power down the wings since the sale of Max-Alain Gradel and Robert Snodgrass over three years ago.
New Zealand international and former Leicester City man, Chris Wood was also brought in for an undisclosed sum of around £2.5 - £3 million to strengthen the striking force as Leeds lost both Steve Morison and Billy Sharp in the transfer window. Also young Motherwell striker Lee Erwin was signed to strengthen the attacking force.
Elsewhere on the pitch, two goalkeepers were brought in for free as young USA international Charlie Horton was brought in from Cardiff and former Chelsea (where he won the Champions League, two FA Cups and the Europa League!) keeper Ross Turnbull put pen to paper after a year at Barnsley. Also from Cardiff came loanee Tom Adeyemi who has already impressed by scoring the first goal in the 2-1 win over Derby that signified Leeds' first home win of the season.
Perhaps the most successful signing of the summer was 30-year-old centre half, Sol Bamba. The signing came after a successful half seasons loan from Serie A side Palermo. The current captain is seen to have played a key part in Leeds United's successful turn around after Christmas last season with the experienced Bamba being able to establish order and discipline into the team around him.
With the transfer window now closed until January, the current crop of Leeds United players seems to be the strongest for several years.
Since a few of the new signings such as Stuart Dallas and Tom Adeyemi have already proved themselves into the new Leeds team, it will certainly be interesting to see how the players who have yet been given a chance to perform, such as Lee Erwin and Jordan Botaka will fair. As any player knows when joining Leeds United, there will be a strong sense of support from the home crowd which will hopefully inspire them to succeed.