McDermott must reinforce squad

Thursday 6th June 2013 11:44

Jamie O'Hara: Might be tempted by the Leeds captaincy

Jamie O'Hara: Might be tempted by the Leeds captaincy

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Leeds United FanZoner Ben Procter is encouraged by the early progress made by Brian McDermott and suggests five summer transfer targets.

Leeds finished the season on a relative high and, under Brian McDermott, the players appeared to realise that, contrary to Neil Warnock's teachings, the ball is allowed on the floor. The Warnock era, thankfully, seems to have passed quickly and peacefully.

Into the transfer window and McDermott was reportedly interested in a few of his old Reading players, including Noel Hunt, Ian Harte and Matt Mills.

All of these targets, mostly Harte, are welcomed by Leeds fans as positive moves. Hunt has proven himself in the Championship, as has Mills, who has bounced around clubs for the past few years.

Mills, though may backfire; would the centre-back be sold almost as soon as he has arrived? Convincing Mills to settle at a club appears difficult but McDermott, having managed him at Reading, could convince him that Elland Road is the place to be.

Harte, a survivor of the Champions League adventures under David O'Leary, would be welcomed as a great signing given his regular role at Reading.

There have been a host of players linked with United including Wolves forward Kevin Doyle, Motherwell striker Chris Humphrey and Manchester City's Reece Wabara. Given the obvious gaps in the squad, however, there are several players I believe could make a real difference to the squad.

Albert Adomah (Bristol City): Adomah has pace to burn and the winger proved to be a key player for Bristol City over recent seasons. It was surprising that, with the Robins circling the drain at Christmas, nobody went in for the 25-year-old then and his ability to play off either wing and up front would add some speed to our attack.

Neil Kilkenny (Bristol City): During his previous spell at the club, Kilkenny was, for me at least, an unsung hero. In our televised games he was often praised for his performances as a midfield anchor; he was very defensive-minded but had an eye for starting counter attacks. I think there is a gap I McDermott's ranks for a player with the Australian's ability to put his foot on the ball. Why he left for Ashton Gate in the first place, I will never know.

Jamie O'Hara (Wolves): O'Hara is a player who could undoubtedly hold his own in the Premier League, and with recent hints that he does not want to be in League One with Wolves, it seems he is on his way out.

He is also a leader and I think that is what we at Leeds are lacking. Lee Peltier is a capable player but by no means is he a leader. I think, despite O'Hara's suggestion that he wants to return to the top flight, offering him the captaincy could lure him to the club.

Theo Robinson (Derby County): Theo Robinson has the kind of pace our attack generally lacks. Luke Varney has been misfiring in front of goal pretty much all season but I think playing Robinson and Ross McCormack could become a deadly strike force. Robinson has also been transfer listed at Derby after a loan spell at Huddersfield.

Gary Taylor-Fletcher (Blackpool): I'll be honest; until Blackpool became a Premier League team I had barely heard of most of the players and had never heard of Gary Taylor-Fletcher.

He seemed to come from nowhere and slot into the Premier League without any problems so when I found out he was out of contract at the end of the season I was genuinely excited at the thought of him in a Leeds shirt.

Despite being 32 and nearer then end of his career than the start, Taylor-Fletcher could provide the experience present in most promoted teams in the past few years.

By Ben Procter. Follow him on Twitter.

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