Monday was a bit of a rollercoaster of a day for Leeds United.
They started the morning by announcing the loan signing of Jean-Kevin Augustin, and just hours after the Frenchman’s arrival was confirmed, Marcelo Bielsa said that Leeds wouldn’t be bringing any more bodies through the door.
However, Graeme Bailey believes that the Argentine may have been twisting the truth on this occasion as he stated that the Whites are still in the market for a new forward.
That begs the question, do they need another attacker?
Ok, they’ve had trouble finding the net as they’re severely underperforming their xG, but surely that’s what Augustin has been brought in for?
It’s a real headscratcher, but if Bailey is to be believed we could be seeing one more attacking arrival before the window slams shut.
We asked our team of writers to give their verdicts as to whether or not the Whites need another attacker.
“The signing of Augustin has completed Leeds’ attack and it would be bizarre from Victor Orta if he brought in another player to bolster the front line.
“With Augustin looking to rival Patrick Bamford for a starting berth at the spearhead of the attack, it seems unlikely that Marcelo Bielsa will need more reinforcements in that position, particularly when Eddie Nketiah’s limited involvement during the first half of the season is considered.
“If both Bamford and Leeds’ latest recruit were unavailable due to injury or suspension, Bielsa also has Tyler Roberts to call upon.
“Three strikers should be more than enough to help the Whites return to the top flight this season, but the club would be wise to start preparing for a potential Premier League return by scouting the market for quality attackers to sign in the summer.”
“Signing another attacker should be an absolute priority for Leeds. Despite sealing a loan swoop for Jean-Kevin Augustin, the Whites could do with some further reinforcements in that area. Augustin’s lack of experience in English football means he still comes with an element of risk to his game, and whether he can hit the ground running in Leeds’ pursuit of Premier League football for next season.
“If they can bring in a more experienced forward to help ease the pressure on the likes of Augustin and Patrick Bamford, then Marcelo Bielsa can rest more easily.
“Football is all about strength in depth, and not just the 11 players on the pitch. Getting someone else in can help secure promotion and offer Bielsa an added option.”
“Leeds would be making a baffling decision to add another attacker this month – not because they don’t need one, but because of Marcelo Bielsa. There has to be question marks ringing around whether or not the Argentine will actually use new arrival Jean-Kevin Augustin.
“Eddie Nketiah’s loan spell was cut short as Bielsa continued to persist with Patrick Bamford, regardless of form. The 20-year-old averaged just 34.9 minutes per game in his 19 appearances for the club, where he still managed to find the net on five occasions per Transfermarkt. Just this week, he bagged the winner against AFC Bournemouth for Arsenal in the FA Cup, so it goes to show they let one slip through their grasp.
“It would be wholly pointless to add another striker because Bielsa’s stubbornness raises far too many alarm bells over their latest singing, let alone a third frontman. It would be much wiser for Victor Orta and co to focus their attention on a problematic area, such as left-back instead.”
“I really don’t think bringing in another attacker is all that necessary at Leeds.
“The Whites struggled to rotate between two strikers when Nketiah was at the club as he started just two league games before going back to Arsenal due to a lack of game time, so how on earth are they going to competently juggle three players?
“They really shouldn’t be looking to bolster that attack any more, especially when you consider the fact that they’ve conceded 14 goals in their last seven games.
“Their defence is screaming out for reinforcements and that’s the area they should be prioritising.”
In other news, the loan fee Leeds are paying for Augustin has been revealed.