Leeds now have less than ten days to land the striker they so desperately need this month.
Fortunately, there is reportedly growing confidence at the club that they will get the player they want, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that everything is positive on the transfer front as one key figure needs questioning.
Sources at Leeds have told Football Insider that they are confident of bringing in a new attacker before the window slams shut.
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Indeed, the site report that they’ve been told Victor Orta is ‘hammering the phone’ trying to negotiate a deal for a forward.
While it’s good to see the Director of Football being so proactive, he shouldn’t have allowed it to get to this point.
Angus Kinnear stated that Leeds’ plan this month was to move quickly in the transfer window, but United haven’t been able to do that.
It gets even worse when you consider the Yorkshire club were reportedly expecting Eddie Nketiah to be recalled as far back as November. That’s over a month before the January window even opened.
Orta should have had a contingency plan in place weeks in advance for if they were left short up front, but instead, he’s now left with less than ten days to make a breakthrough in their pursuit of someone to bolster the Whites’ forward line.
Players like Che Adams have been linked while Andre Gray has also been at the forefront of their minds. It’s clear that work is being done but it’s all coming too late. After the Dan James saga of last year, it should be particularly worrying.
His deal collapsed before it could be completed before the deadline and it looks like Orta and co haven’t learned their lesson.
The worst part is the damage may have already been done, Leeds have failed to win in 2020, and a lot of that is down to their failure to find the net as they’ve scored just once since the turn of the year.
The hierarchy needs to find a solution and quick.
In other news, Phil Hay has made a huge transfer prediction for Leeds United.