The Square Ball Week: Real Transfers
 
Imagine a quiet January, they said. Likely not much happening, they said. On track to achieve our targets, they said.

And then 2018 began, and could have ended, when Gaetano Berardi’s goal at Newport awoke the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Deciding that Berardi scoring didn’t mean the end of the world after all, they went back to tending their steeds, satisfied that enough chaos would be brought that Sunday without them. They must have seen United’s line-up.

An FA Cup embarrassment, players disgracing themselves — Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, I mean, but I suppose Samu Saiz as well — a serious injury to Luke Ayling; it’s the first week, and it’s been the worst week.

One grace, kind of, has been our transfer activity. Its expected lack already had Leeds fans angry, desperate for recruitment and refreshment of a jaded first eleven, and for a chance of promotion — however slim — not to be missed. Or even just to have a left-back playing left-back.

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