Leeds have absolutely embarrassed West Ham in the transfer market this summer.
The Hammers and the Whites are two very similar clubs. Both have enormous, loyal and vociferous fanbases.
Both clubs are located in working class areas.
Leeds have a wonderful old stadium in the form of Elland Road. And we had similar in Upton Park before we were sold down the river for a supposed dream move to the London Stadium in 2016.
Over the past few years, however, it is clear that Leeds are on the rise, whilst West Ham are on a slow, sad and painfully pitiful decline.
The Whites had the foresight and ambition to appoint the highly revered Marcelo Bielsa two years ago.
And it has really paid off. The west Yorkshire outfit are playing some of the best football in the game.
Contrasting styles, ambition and fortunes
The Hammers, meanwhile, are stuck with David Moyes. The Scot is a decent manager, but his appointment in December 2019 was hardly an inspiring one.
It is at boardroom level where Leeds kick West Ham in to touch, however.
Whites Chairman Andrea Radrizzani has already spent big this summer, and the club’s owners clearly have huge ambition to take the club on to the next level.
It is ironic that both of those players were reportedly wanted by West Ham as well. The Sun claims the Hammers wanted to sign the Spaniard whilst the German centre-back was a top target for Moyes (Daily Star).
They have also turned the loan deals of Helder Costa and Illan Meslier into permanent ones.
Meanwhile, West Ham have sold Jordan Hugill, Albian Ajeti and Roberto.
All of this is happening whilst we still struggle to bring any new faces into the club.
West Ham and Leeds are both huge clubs who have the ability, fanbase and potential to compete at the very highest level.
The west Yorkshire club are showing us how to do it. Leeds look like having a great campaign next season, whilst we are destined to struggle yet again.
If only David Sullivan and David Gold cared as much about achieving big things as Andrea Radrizzani clearly does. And that should be unacceptable to the Hammers fans.