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Aaronson in, Raphinha out: How Leeds United’s starting XI could look in 2022/23 if 5 current transfer rumours materialise

by Vibecity

Leeds United could be set for plenty of changes to their starting lineup in the summer with Jesse Marsch in charge.

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As we look ahead to Leeds’ final eight games of the season, the hope is that they will fight off fears of relegation.

Seven points is their current gap to the bottom there with Southampton and Watford up next, and with survival, Leeds would be in a strong place for transfers in the summer under Jesse Marsch.

There will be players who depart the club though, as Marsch hopes to refresh a squad and build it more in his image.

Here, we take a look at how we think Leeds could line up next season if certain transfer rumours materialise…

The goalkeeper and defence sees two changes with the full-back positions in need of refreshing after what we’ve seen this season.

Luke Ayling is someone that the club need to keep beyond the summer, but a new signing is required to help us push forward, and that could be Middlesbrough’s Djed Spence, who is currently starring out on loan at Nottingham Forest.

Sky Sports have credited Leeds with interest in the right-back, who is putting in incredible performances, including two assists and a goal in his last two league games.

At left-back we also see a change with Junior Firpo dropping out for new signing, Sergio Gomez.

TEAMtalk are responsible for links to Gomez, who is having a brilliant season at left-back for Anderlecht, having left Borussia Dortmund in the summer.

Five goals and 10 assists have shown this term that Gomez would bring great attacking output to the team while he’s also been a reliable defensive presence for the Belgian outfit too.

In holding midfield, we’ve seen Kalvin Phillips subject to intense speculation lately, with a £60million move to Aston Villa reported.

However, the talk regarding him has tipped the other way now, with claims that a contract could be on the way for him – as per David Anderson.

Next to him, we think that a new signing could also join him, but with very little coming in the way of concrete links, it looks as though it’s a straight battle between Adam Forshaw and Mateusz Klich for the role.

In attacking midfield, Raphinha‘s exit from the club looks to be merely a matter of time with Barcelona turning the screw on an agreement – via Fabrizio Romano.

The question remains of how much Leeds will receive for their star winger, but a summer sale looks inevitable.

In his place, we think it’s an obvious signing in Red Bull Salzburg’s Brenden Aaronson, who we attempted to bring in during the January window.

That interest will only have built with Leeds appointing Aaronson’s former boss in Marsch, and there are claims from journalist Florian Plettenberg that it wouldn’t take much more than Leeds’ previous £20million to capture him from Salzburg in the summer, while the midfielder is keen on the move too:

Update #Aaronson: He still wants to leave Salzburg in summer. Negotiations with Leeds are still ongoing. RB rejected offers from #LUFC in winter. But they still want him! It is said that Leeds is the favourite. Price tag: €25-30m. No release clause. Big talent! @SkySports 🇺🇸
— Florian Plettenberg (@Plettigoal) March 28, 2022

A new striker is needed up top as a means to cover the two main men, as we see Patrick Bamford and Rodrigo having an important partnership under Marsch next season.

That striker position we need to fill could be a variety of players from across Europe, and there’s no shortage of quality out there, as other clubs in the top flight showed in the summer and January.

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