Leeds United have had their fair share of comments that have backfired on them over the years.
Alan Smith saying he’d never play for Manchester United, and the infamous ‘don’t go to bed just yet’ tweet stand out as two examples, but Angus Kinnear is all too often making empty promises to the fanbase.
Last month FFC explored how the Whites may about to betray Kinnear’s final statement of the 2018/19 season as he brashly declared in no uncertain terms that Leeds wouldn’t be mucking about with the playoffs, albeit in a little more colourful language.
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However, the Whites are putting that promise at risk. They’re lacking the squad depth to avoid another late capitulation, and it could be argued that it’s already started as Leeds have taken just five points from their last five games.
Worry not United supporters, Kinnear has come out to say that everything will be fine as the club look to act quickly in January and get players in to make sure that their lack of depth isn’t an issue throughout this month.
He said: “Targets were identified and clubs, players and agents have been engaged. Our objective is to move early in the window, but we will not do this at the expense of securing a player of the right calibre.”
However, it seems as if nobody bought Mr Kinnear a calendar for Christmas this year.
We’re already more than halfway through the window and there have been no new arrivals at Elland Road.
Not a single one, Elia Caprile was supposedly ready to sign at the beginning of this week, but that hasn’t happened, and Italian interest in Ian Poveda looks like it could derail the Whites’ approach for him.
Leeds haven’t acted early this month and they’re once again leaving it late. On Saturday they’re likely going to lineup against QPR without a substitute striker on the bench, and if Patrick Bamford isn’t firing that will make the game much harder to win.
The problem is that Kinnear is publicly making these statements, and that makes things that much worse. Those who associate themselves with Leeds now expect signings to be through the door but that clearly hasn’t happened.
The backlash has already started towards Leeds’ Managing Director on social media, and that will only get worse if United fail to gain promotion this season.
Presumably by early in the window he means half nine on deadline day
— Macca 💙💛 (@bagster75) January 13, 2020
— Robert Giles (@Rob_E_Giles) January 13, 2020
Angus Kinnear: “Our objective is to move early in the window.”
— Matty Speakman (@MattySpeakman) January 14, 2020
Kinnear is becoming something of a PR disaster, and he must stop selling the dream to the fanbase if he’s not going to deliver.