Despite bottling up right at the business end of the 2016-17 season of the Sky Bet Championship, one of the things Leeds United should ensure is to not lose their grip and whatever confidence is left in them.
Under the tutelage of Garry Monk, the Whites seemingly appeared to be a side capable of bagging a top-six finish, but owing to their unacceptable run of form in the concluding stages, they withered and succumbed in the most helpless of manners.
The summer transfer window is going to offer an excellent opportunity for the West Yorkshire based club to beef up their arsenal with quality and one of the players they could possibly target is Bournemouth’s out of favour winger Max Gradel.
Gradel wasn’t handed even a single start by Eddie Howe in the English top flight last season and it goes without saying that he would be desperately looking for an outlet himself as well and this is where Leeds United come into the equation.
The Peacocks have already acquired the services of Hadi Sacko on a permanent basis, and by signing someone like Gradel, there would be bags of pace on the wide areas alongside creativity which could really help the likes of Chris Wood and Pablo Hernandez in churning goals up front.
Besides, the Ivory Coast international would offer trickery with the ball, shrewd movements off the ball.
Alongside the attributes of a prolific winger, Gradel has plied his trade at Leicester City, Saint-Etienne and Leeds United before making a move to the Vitality Stadium and would certainly offer huge experience, which can come really handy to Monk’s successor.
Moreover, it would be a huge statement of intent from the owners as well who are seemingly likely to leave no stone unturned to ensure that the club earns a promotion next season.
The 29-year-old is at that stage of his career where he would want to pile as many minutes on the pitch as he possibly can and his tenure with the Cherries has hardly met his expectations.
A winger who thrives on pace and exuberance, Gradel has been a household name for quite some time and if he is lured to the Elland Road, there could be a sudden uplift in the overall morale and mood of fans and players alike who are dire need to see a top-class player getting injected to their squad.