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Leeds United avoided transfer bug by not signing £6.5m ace in January, played just 67 minutes on loan

Leeds United are just a month away from the summer transfer window opening again.

However, between now and then, Leeds still have a lot of work to do to determine the division they will play in next season.

The Whites face Norwich City in the second leg of their Championship semi-final on Thursday and know a win will take them within 90 minutes of returning to the Premier League.

Should Leeds win promotion, it would make for a much more exciting summer as they look to build a squad capable of effectively retaining the club’s top-flight status.

Defeat against the Canaries or even at Wembley would send Leeds to a second consecutive season of Championship football, which the 49ers have already admitted would lead to key sales.

They would be needed to comply with PSR rules and make up some of that £190m owed in unpaid transfer fees, which may be one reason why Leeds were so quiet in January.

Bolton Wanderers' Calvin Ramsay challenges Northampton Town's Dominic Gape (right) during the Sky Bet League One match between Northampton Town...
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Leeds have avoided a huge Calvin Ramsay transfer

The only position Leeds were looking to strengthen in the winter window was right-back, which they finally managed to do in the final hour of deadline day.

After numerous links with several different players, it was Connor Roberts who eventually arrived on loan from Burnley. Ben Johnson, Neco Williams and Ben Godfrey were just some of the reported targets.

There have been others, and Leeds will surely feel as though they dodged a bullet on one of Liverpool defender Calvin Ramsay’s.

Leeds have been linked with Ramsay until 2022 while still at Aberdeen, although the Scot opted for a £6.5m move to Anfield.

After an injury hit first season, he was then out for more of the season on loan in the first half of this campaign at Preston North End, prompting Liverpool to recall him.

Leeds were among the teams keen to sign him in January, but he ended up joining League One play-off finalists Bolton Wanderers, where he endured another nightmare spell.

Ramsay has not kicked the ball since mid-February, having played just 67 minutes of football. He has been in the team on just two occasions in the last 16 games without any injury.

Those stats alone are telling enough that he wouldn’t have been good enough for Leeds. Given his age and inexperience, he won’t add much to the dressing room either.

Roberts was the right man for Leeds

Roberts may have only started two Championship games for Leeds since his arrival, but he was certainly the right man to replace Luke Ayling and Djed Spence.

According to Joe Rodon, Roberts has instantly become an important part of the dressing room at Leeds and much of that will be down to his experience.

That being said, he has also managed to make an impact on the pitch. He scored the crucial equalizer against Leicester City while providing the assist that earned a point at Huddersfield Town.

A young player like Ramsay simply wouldn’t have been able to deliver what Roberts has.

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