In an exclusive interview with Football FanCast, Barry Fry has urged the Leeds hierarchy to back Marcelo Bielsa in the summer transfer window, believing squad depth is a big concern for the Argentinian right now.
Leeds are having a very solid Premier League campaign following their promotion from the Championship, with their signings from the last summer transfer window playing their part.
Brazilian attacker Raphinha joined from Ligue 1 outfit Rennes during that transfer market and has not disappointed. The 24-year-old has scored six goals and provided five assists, helping the Whites climb to 11th in the table and away from relegation danger.
If Leeds are to remain in the Premier League long-term, though, and push on, Fry believes reinforcements will be needed. He exclusively told FFC:
“The only thing wrong with Leeds United is they haven’t got strength in depth. And I think if I was the owner there, or if I was the director of football there, I’d be saying, you know, ‘we’ve got to help him by giving him a few more quality players to give him the squad that he needs, not only to survive in the Premier League, but make an impact on the Premier League’.”
One area of the Yorkshire club’s squad that could possibly do with some strengthening is up front.
While Patrick Bamford has done an excellent job leading the line for his side this season, scoring 14 goals in English football’s top flight so far, the English striker could arguably do with some cover. Rodrigo was brought in from Valencia last summer, but the Spain international has had his problems with injuries and has rarely been used as an out-and-out No.9 by Bielsa.