When chasing a player, the one thing that fans want to hear is that the player is desperate to arrive at the club. Therefore, the news that RB Salzburg midfielder Mohamed Camara is being excused from training is very good news for Leeds United. While most fans are not happy at all to see local hero Kalvin Phillips depart for Manchester, the arrival of a energetic and technically outstanding midfielder in Camara would help to soften the blow.
The player will be known to Jesse Marsch, too, who coached Salzburg himself and was embedded in the Red Bull group for many years. As such, the decision to move for Brendan Aaronson earlier this summer felt like a no-brainer. Now, the Whites will return to the same club and try to do a second deal with the Red Bull Group this summer.
At 22, the midfielder is seen as the perfect addition to this young and exciting Leeds squad. Alongside another Red Bull player, Tyler Adams of the US national team and of Leipzig, both midfielders bring the happy blend of technical excellence and positional awareness that Marsch demands of his midfielders.
The player has now been given permission to miss training and to avoid the pre-season training camp. This will see Leeds get a chance to thrash out terms and to agree a deal, estimated to be around £20m, with the Austrian giants.
This would be one of the most exciting signings of the summer, with the player arriving with an immense reputation in Austria. Given how many players have left the Salzburg stable and went on to be a success elsewhere, this is a signing that could really help to fill a key gap within the squad ahead of the 2022-23 season.
Leeds expected to keep buying young this summer
Some fans hoped that with Premier League status assured that Leeds would break the mould and sign some proven veterans. With two of the most experienced players in the club, Phillips and Raphinha, almost certain to leave, some fans are worried that a youth movement could leave the club short. Last season exposed a team that looked inexperienced at the highest level, after all.
And while fans are excited at the names being suggested, there are some obvious concerns at the age level of the signings. Again, Leeds will be reliant on young players – many of whom have not played in the Premier League before – to improve upon last season. If things go back to being challenging and the team is struggling, could this lead to some of the same issues we seen last year?
Some fans are worried that Leeds, and Marsch, are putting too much faith in young and unproven talent from afar. Though Marsch has spoken about not simply being a Red Bull employee, the fact his two marquee signings are ex-RB players without major experience at the highest level will naturally cause some concern that, for all the words, Leeds are making the same mistakes are previously.