Another successful transfer window has been concluded at Leeds United with a few key acquisitions being made over the last couple of months.
The permanent arrivals of Jack Harrison, Junior Firpo and Daniel James, who joined from Manchester United on Deadline Day, all represent good business for the Whites.
Arguably the more important aspect of the club’s summer dealings was the maintenance of the core of the squad that finished ninth in the Premier League last season.
With no significant departures at Elland Road, the priority for Marcelo Bielsa and his recruitment team was to improve the level of the depth, something they were able to achieve.
However, a handful of players did leave the club over the summer with Ezgjan Alioski and Pablo Hernandez probably being the most notable of the lot.
Following James’ arrival on Deadline Day, Helder Costa headed out on loan to Valencia and several of his team mates also made similar moves throughout the window.
We have taken a look at each of the Leeds players who are currently on loan around Europe.
Helder Costa – Valencia
As mentioned, Costa clearly imagined his involvement with the first team would be significantly affected by the arrival of James and agreed a loan move to Valencia in the final hours of window.
The Spanish side had a season to forget last season as they could only manage a 13th-placed finish in La Liga but they have started much better this term.
They are unbeaten after three matches with seven points on the board, a points total matched by five other clubs at the top of the table.
Ian Poveda – Blackburn Rovers
Ian Poveda is another attacking player at Leeds who struggled to see where he would get minutes in the first team this season. With several Championship clubs interested in his signature, it made perfect sense for him to leave in search of regular game time.
He has already featured for Rovers and, despite being substituted after an hour on his debut, he got the assist for Sam Gallagher’s opener in the 1-1 draw with Middlesbrough.
Leif Davis – Bournemouth
A similar story for Leif Davis who also looked to be too far down the pecking order to get any real valuable involvement in Bielsa’s first team.
He opted for a move to Bournemouth with Scott Parker reportedly being very keen on taking him to the Vitality Stadium. He has already made four league appearances for the Cherries but he only started in one of those, a 2-0 win against Birmingham.
Davis seems to be in his new manager’s plans as a more attacking player as he has been played on the wing when selected by Parker.
Kiko Casilla – Elche
The situation for Kiko Casilla is very different to the aforementioned players as he is looking to revive his career after being replaced by Illan Meslier at Leeds.
He chose to join La Liga side Elche where he has gone in as their number one goalkeeper and has featured in all three of their league fixtures so far. Across those games, he has recorded one clean sheet and 10 saves as his new side have picked up a couple of points.
Mateusz Bogusz – UD Ibiza
Another player who has chosen a loan move to a Spanish side is 20-year-old Mateusz Bogusz who has joined UD Ibiza after spending last season with UD Logroñés.
The Polish forward has started the campaign in excellent form with two goals and an assist in his three matches, firing him and his teammates into the play-off places.
Alfie McCalmont – Morecambe
After impressing with League Two side Oldham Athletic last season, Alfie McCalmont secured a season-long loan move to Morecambe in the division above this term.
He has made four appearances in the league so far with the Shrimps in mid-table following a particularly impressive 1-0 win against promotion-chasing Sheffield Wednesday.
Ryan Edmondson – Fleetwood Town
Ryan Edmondson is another youngster whose Leeds career so far has consisted of a number of loan moves. He spent half a season each with Aberdeen and then Northampton Town last term before agreeing to go to Fleetwood Town over the summer.
He is yet to really make his mark though as he has only started one league fixture for the club since the beginning of the campaign.
Laurens De Bock – Zulte Waregem
After struggling to impress since signing for Leeds in 2018, Laurens De Bock agreed a two-year loan to join Belgian side Zulte Waregem last summer.
The left-back has made 37 appearances for the club since he made the move and has even chipped in with two goals.
Elia Caprile – Pro Patria
20-year-old Elia Caprile looked as though he might be playing back up to Meslier after Casilla’s departure to Elche.
However, the arrival of Kristoffer Klaesson forced the Italian goalkeeper out on loan to Serie C side Pro Patria who were defeated 2-1 by Albinoleffe in their first match of the season.
Kun Temenuzhkov – Real Union
Since joining from Barcelona’s youth system in 2017, Kun Temenuzhkov has been unable to really kick on in the development squads at Leeds.
He joined Spanish third division side Real Union on a two-year loan at the beginning of last season and has made 19 appearances, scoring three goals during his time at the club.