The transfer window frustrations at Leeds appear to show no signs of subsiding as the club approaches another weekend without any reinforcements amongst their ranks, despite losing Eddie Nketiah and Jack Clarke this month.
That pair were each recalled by their parent clubs yet the Whites’ search for replacements has, so far, failed to yield any return – a factor which may have contributed to a downturn in results with one win in seven games.
Marcelo Bielsa yesterday launched a tirade against Arsenal for their action in recalling Nketiah, while also commenting on the role of other high profile figures at the club.
People like Angus Kinnear have come under fire in recent days so the Argentine was keen to defend his higher-ups, making special mention of Victor Orta and Andrea Radrizzani for the work they are conducting and the time and effort they are putting in to try and get deals done.
Some fans remain sceptical, however, particularly of director of football Orta, and believe that he is failing significantly in his role due to the lack of additions this month.
Not good enough, plans should have been in place and a slam dunk in cone January. Sloppy work Leeds
— Andy 👍 💙💛 (@andygre63032144) January 16, 2020
There’s no excuses anymore. Why not look down the League’s someone like Eoin Doyle.
— Samuel 🇬🇧🇦🇺 (@Kaden98329883) January 16, 2020
Nobodies coming in then of any note.. also if we don’t go up this year we’ll have atleast tried..
Do me a favour!!
— James (@YorkshireJAMES1) January 16, 2020
We can only judge Orta by his results. At the moment he hasn’t produced any.
— ioyster (@MarcHar14234159) January 16, 2020
Any chance we can replace Orta as well
— paul young (@wicketlufc) January 16, 2020
Orta has till the end of the window and if he fails to sign a ST he can leave the club because he’s failed. If he can’t do he’s job, then he should be sacked.
— Lewis Stant (@_LewisStant) January 16, 2020
While the lack of transfer activity is a credible cause for frustration, and a hindrance to Bielsa on the pitch, fans should remember some of the fantastic dealings Orta has conducted during his time at the club.
Firstly, he was instrumental in bringing in Bielsa, and therefore made Leeds’ current position possible, as well as recruiting the likes of Jack Harrison, Patrick Bamford and Helder Costa, who have been key to the Yorkshire outfit’s attack this term, with 32 goal contributions between them.
Call yourself a Leeds expert? How much did each of these January signings cost?
As a result, even though it may be difficult supporters should try and remain patient. There is still time remaining in the window with the likes of Ian Poveda heavily linked with a switch from Manchester City, and a positive outlook as the supporters below are showing is what is needed to help the team push on.
Bielsa picks the players he wants. If other clubs say no, fair enough. We’re just working through a list. I wanted transfers in yesterday like everyone else. BUT we have one game to play in January. I have faith we’ll bring in players. Poveda will be a good signing.
— Maxwello 💙💛 (@maxwellobielsa) January 16, 2020
Let’s stay behind the team, the club and take the pressure off #leedsaregoingup
— John Smart (@JonnySmart1961) January 16, 2020
Speaking of positivity, a recent move by a Premier League club may have had a key influence on Leeds’ chances of promotion.