Leeds United boss Neil Warnock has revealed that he has had an up and down summer trying to build a squad capable of putting up a sustained challenge for promotion this season.
Warnock promised major surgery to the squad at the end of last season and after a frustrating start to the summer that saw him miss out on one of his main targets Joel Ward from Portsmouth, the Leeds boss as brought in ten players.
At the same time, he has lost the one player he wanted to build his side around this summer after Robert Snodgrass left to join Norwich City after turning down the new contract offered to him by the club.
Warnock speaking on LUTV admits it has been an up and down summer, “My moods have been fluctuating over the summer. Some days I have been in euphoria when I have signed a player and others in desperation when losing out on one, and losing Robert was a huge blow.
“We have just had to persevere. We have had our list of targets and we have got most of them, we have been able to achieve that.”
Despite bringing in ten players, Warnock is still desperate to fill the void left by the loss of Snodgrass who scored 13 goals from midfield last season and was one of the leaders in the championship when it came to goal assists.
Warnock still has a number of players at the club that he transfer listed at the end of last season. Paul Rachubka, Paul Connolly, Ramon Nunez and Billy Paynter have yet to find new clubs.
There has been some interest in the four players but as yet none have moved on and in a desperate bid to make funds available for an attacking player, Warnock added Danny Pugh and Robbie Rogers to the transfer list on Thursday. Warnock wants to have players in place before the new season begins and he admits it looks like players will have to move on first. “I am still looking for one or two forward players. We might have to move players out to achieve that,” added Warnock.
Warnock continues to be linked with a host of attacking players. Craig Mackail-Smith, Nicky Maynard, Jermaine Beckford and George Boyd continue to be linked with a move to Elland Road.
Earlier in the summer Leeds were reportedly interested in bad boy El Hadji Diouf who is a free agent after Doncaster Rovers relegation from the championship last season.
Reports suggest that the former African footballer of the year is currently training with the club.
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