Leeds United could boast new look £60m forward line without spending a penny

Leeds United are facing up to the reality of just what their play-off final failure means. The Wembley crossbar may be still shaking after that Dan James effort cannoned back off the woodwork, but the ripples of that defeat to Southampton are only just being felt.

Daniel Farke knows some of his best performers from last season may be heading for the Elland Road exit door, with the pressure of accounting for a second season away from the Premier League starting to take affect. It means he may have to reckon without the likes of Crysencio Summerville and Willy Gnonto, with both talented widemen tipped for moves away from the club.

Liverpool and Chelsea are reportedly leading the chase for Summerville, with the likes of Crystal Palace and Fulham ready to step in for the £30m-rated prospect should either of those 'big guns' opt for other targets. Gnonto has been linked with several clubs in Europe, with a return to Italy an option.

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Leeds will be able to bring new players into the squad once the dust has settled on any outgoings, but when it comes to forward planning, Farke has already started to make in-roads. He talked at length about a lack of experience in his squad when the going started to get tough towards the end of the season, but he could already have the players at his disposal to ease those concerns AND form a formidable forward line.

Brenden Aaronson has already been told he will part of the Leeds squad next term, with the USA international returning from a loan spell at Union Berlin and Farke could follow suit with fellow returning loanee Jack Harrison.

Combined with Georginio Rutter and Patrick Bamford, that could give Leeds a forward line worth around £60m, based on transfermarkt's current valuations. Dan James also needs to be added to the mix and Leeds will need strength in depth for the rigours of a Championship campaign. It's a combination of experience, youth, pace and creativity that could strike fear into most defences in that division.

Leeds will miss Summerville and Gnonto should they move on - but they should not panic buy when it comes to the forward positions, but rather look to what they already have.