Controversial Leeds United transfer decision will prompt awkward questions for Daniel Farke

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-Credit: (Image: James Marsh/REX/Shutterstock)


Microwaved food may have grown on Daniel Farke since he became Leeds United manager last summer. The German made his position on the club’s returning band of loanees very clear in February, when Luis Sinisterra’s permanent exit had been agreed with Bournemouth.

The Colombian was one of many players who had temporarily departed Elland Road for the season, but one of the few who saw it become a permanent switch. The Cherries agreed to stump up more than £20m in a deal everyone was happy with.

At the time, however, Farke made it clear he felt, generally, it didn’t work when footballers would try to return to clubs they had openly chosen to escape from. Brenden Aaronson is in that very boat.

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“I'm always a bit careful when a player who was here wants to go away, then to bring him back in, it's a bit like, we have a saying in Germany: when you put the food into the microwave, it never tastes as well as if it's freshly cooked,” Farke said in February.

“So for that, I'm not a big believer in such a story. So for that, although he's (Sinisterra) a good player, he's a good character, we wish him all the best, it's beneficial for us and definitely the right decision.”

The American and Farke have spoken over the course of the past week and the latter has heard enough to believe there may be a second chance for the former to pursue. There will be questions for the manager to answer, however.

It’s unlikely Farke will face the media until after the first pre-season friendly of the summer, but he will be expected to explain why his stance has shifted so dramatically in Aaronson’s case. One of the other comments he made about Sinisterra stood out too.

“For us as a club, it's definitely also the right decision because it frees up a bit of money to do some work we want to do in the summer,” he said. “It's also good to bring in some new and fresh energy instead of a player who was already here and, yes, perhaps it didn't work that great because, obviously, we were relegated and then you want to have the move.”

While Aaronson would have been highly unlikely to fetch as much money as Sinisterra, he is still a player who was ‘already here’ and wanted to move after relegation. Farke has evidently heard something in their conversations to believe the 23-year-old is a better option than the fresh energy he spoke about in February.