Leeds would have been promoted had they signed one man, says Mills


Leeds United face a nail-biting end to the season.

They are currently top of the Championship and are seemingly on the verge of promotion to the Premier League.

They have six games of the season remaining and face two sides battling relegation – Stoke City and Barnsley – as well as Derby County in a grudge match in their penultimate fixture of the season.

Leeds have taken 75 points from their 40 games and sit one point clear of West Bromwich Albion in second, and six clear of third-placed Brentford.

It should, of course, be noted that Leeds sat three points clear of third-placed Sheffield United after 42 games played last season.

In their final four games, they did not win once, losing to Wigan Athletic, Brentford, and Ipswich Town, while also drawing with Aston Villa.

They subsequently headed into the Championship play-offs and lost 4-3 on aggregate to Derby in the semi-finals.

But Danny Mills has now made the claim that the Whites would already have been promoted if they made one specific signing in the January transfer window.

Leeds agreed a fee of £19 million with Southampton for Che Adams in the winter market but the deal was scuppered at the last minute by Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl.

And Mills thinks that signing the striker would have been just enough to secure promotion ahead of schedule.


Speaking to Football Insider, he said: “Che Adams – how many goals would he have scored if Leeds had managed to sign him in January?

“They have just got to hope that the lack of clinical finishing does not cost them promotion.

“If they continue playing the way they do there is every chance they get promoted. 7 points should be enough with everything that is going on.”

GIVEMESPORT’S Harry Sherlock says…

Adams is a poor Premier League striker.

He has played 24 times in the top-flight and has not scored a single goal.

However, in the Championship, he netted 34 goals in 116 games, and last term, playing for Birmingham City, he netted 22 of those goals in 46 games.

Leeds do not have a single player capable of hitting those numbers.

Patrick Bamford is the club’s current first-choice and he has 14 goals to his name; Jack Harrison and Pablo Hernandez both have six goals.

While his form this season may have coloured perceptions of how good Adams is, he could have been a major player for Leeds this season, provided he could dislodge Bamford.

The latter has made 39 appearances in total this season, in spite of his remarkably poor form.

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