These are incredibly shrewd moves by the club.
Reports are circulating that there are set to be a few more new contracts handed out in the next couple of days, with Mateusz Klich and Luke Ayling at the front of the queue. Former Leeds United man Danny Mills thinks that these new deals shows great initiative from the club.
Speaking to Football Insider, Mills talked about how important it is tying players down on contracts to keep the squad together:
“That’s what’s important. You’re building a squad, you want to add to that. You keep everybody around you and every now and then you add to it. They’ve got the basis of a good squad. They’ve got some experienced players, they don’t want to get rid of these players. You want to build on what you’ve got. If you don’t make players feel wanted and give them new contracts when they’ve done well, then they’re going to leave.”
It sort of touches on what I spoke about yesterday. There I talked about Marcelo Bielsa tying the young players down as he looks to build a team together as he stays at Elland Road for a number of years. At the same time though he will need a lot of those more experienced players around him if we end up getting promoted to bolster the squad and help develop those youngsters.
It’s really a bit of a win-win-win situation when you think about it. If we get promoted then we have a core of players who already know each other and we won’t need to ‘do a Fulham’ and spend £100m on transfer fees in order to get the team in shape. If we stay down then we can either sell the players off for a higher fee, or keep that squad together and build another promotion push around them.
That’s why we need to be getting as many players tied down as possible, because that way it increases our options for what we can do with them.
What about you? Are you happy that these players are being tied down to long term deals? Or do you think that the club is being too hasty in signing everyone up?