Former Leeds striker Noel Whelan has told Football Insider that Romaine Sawyers joining West Bromwich Albion over United left him ‘disappointed’.
Marcelo Bielsa was alleged to be a keen admirer of the 27-year-old earlier in the month, too, as the attacking creator could add the final spark to his attack that would see the club secure promotion into the Premier League.
However, the Argentine’s interest was later refuted as Brentford held firm in their asking price and rejected approaches from West Brom and Celtic, before the Baggies increased their package to see that the Saints Kitts and Nevis captain return after six years away.
Player turned pundit Whelan, though, rues Director of Football Victor Orta not paying whatever it took to beat West Brom to the punch and feels the club missed a trick by not going through with the initial alleged interest.
“It would have been money well spent by Leeds United to bring in a player like that,” he said. “I feel Leeds have missed a trick here.
“They’ve already looked at him and noticed him, enjoying him as a player, I would have liked him at Elland Road. Why not push the boat out? He would have been a great acquisition.
“[I’m] disappointed we haven’t managed to splash a little bit of money.”