Transfer deadline day saw Leeds United complete the signing of Daniel James from Manchester United on a five-year deal.
It is expected that Leeds will pay £25 million to the Old Trafford club, with the potential of future add-ons being triggered further down the line.
James’ acquisition puts an end to the persistent transfer links between player and club, ever since the Welsh international almost joined the Whites in 2019.
Signing on for five years indicates the tremendous faith Leeds have placed in the winger – while beaming executive duo Angus Kinnear and Victor Orta, pictured alongside the winger at his unveiling, told a similar tale.
James’ incoming did mean that Leeds were keen to offload one of their current crop, which ultimately turned out to be Helder Costa.
The one-time Portuguese international departed late in the evening, headed for LaLiga side Valencia, currently managed by Jose Bordalas.
After a summer of minor shake-ups, here is how the Leeds United squad looks for the 2021/22 campaign.
Illan Meslier and Kristoffer Klaesson
Kristoffer Klaesson arrived from Valerenga this summer in a move believed to be around the £1.6 million mark, but Frenchman Illan Meslier remains undisputed No. 1.
Meslier is just one year Klaesson’s senior, but has a wealth of Premier League experience that the Norwegian under-21 international cannot match at this point.
Liam Cooper, Luke Ayling, Diego Llorente, Robin Koch, Pascal Struijk, Junior Firpo, Charlie Cresswell and Cody Drameh
Central defence is one area Leeds are perhaps best-stocked at Elland Road, with four very capable options – two on either side. Luke Ayling’s versatility also means he is able to slot into a right-centre-back role in a back three whenever needed too.
Junior Firpo has replaced Ezgjan Alioski in the Leeds squad, but is yet to see too much game-time due to fitness and COVID-related issues.
Youngsters Charlie Cresswell and Cody Drameh are likely to be seen on the bench throughout this season, given their progress with the under-23s.
Stuart Dallas, Jamie Shackleton, Tyler Roberts, Rodrigo, Raphinha, Jack Harrison, Daniel James, Mateusz Klich, Kalvin Phillips, Adam Forshaw, Crysencio Summerville
Dallas and Shackleton may well feature in defence this season, as they already have done but nominally the pair are midfielders.
By the same token, Tyler Roberts and Rodrigo may be listed as forwards elsewhere but are widely regarded as attacking midfielders by Marcelo Bielsa.
Daniel James’ introduction means Leeds’ wide options are now some of the strongest players in the squad, with Jack Harrison, Raphinha, Crysencio Summerville and James making up the quartet.
Patrick Bamford, Joe Gelhardt, Sam Greenwood
Despite the three names listed here, only one is likely to be awarded regular Premier League football this season.
Patrick Bamford has signed a contract extension with the club and his place in the side is one of the safest following his exploits last year.
Gelhardt and Greenwood are promising up-and-comers with the under-23s, and will predominantly feature with Mark Jackson’s squad – however it has been name for one or both to be named on the bench for first-team matches.