Leeds United have pefect response to Championship transfer doubts

When it comes to bringing proven quality to Elland Road, Leeds United have always had several key advantages in their locker. While is often difficult to persuade players to 'drop down' to the Championship, the size of the club will always play a big role.

Then there's playing in front of the Elland Road faithful - just show anyone a video of the reception the side got when running out in that play-off semi-final against Norwich. That couldn't fail to stir even the coldest of hearts.

But the reality is that Leeds find themselves looking to again build for a second promotion push after falling just short last season, and that presents new problems to Daniel Farke. While the summer of 2022 was about building a new spine to complement the exciting young talent at the club, this transfer window is more about facing up to the fact that some of those stars could be moving on.

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However, if a player needs any indication of why a move to Leeds United could be right for them this summer, they need look no further than some of the players who could be leaving.

As the big names flocked away from Elland Road following relegation from the Premier League, Crysencio Summerville kept his head, knowing he was about to be given a huge stage on which to show his real talent. We had seen glimpses in the Premier League, but the 22-year-old was about to show us exactly what he was made of.

Fast forward 10 months and the Dutch youngster was named Championship player of the year and is being courted by Liverpool, Chelsea, Crystal Palace and Fulham as one of the hottest properties around. Leeds fans may take little pleasure in seeing his name linked with a big-money exit, but it does prove that the second tier can be a healthy breeding ground for talent.

There are other examples, of course, with former Coventry striker Viktor Gyökeres now attracting interest from Arsenal after leaving the Sky Blues for Sporting Lisbon, while Jude Bellingham, Ollie Watkins and Adam Wharton have nurtured their talent in the Championship.

Of course, Leeds would rather keep their top players and develop into a stronger Premier League side, but to do that they must earn their place in the top flight. Summerville's fate had they beaten Southampton at Wembley could have been very different, but Leeds must ensure there is no repeat in 2025.

To do that, they need to attract more quality players to Elland Road - and using Summerville as an example will not hurt their cause.