Phil Hay has provided an update on Leeds United’s stance heading into the final hours of the January transfer window. The Athletic reporter was asked whether any incomings were on the cards for the Whites, to which he simply replied ‘no’.
This naturally could change with the ebbs and flows of deadline day. However, should Hay’s response be true, Leeds could be looking at some seriously choppy waters ahead for the remainder of the season.
Despite spending a handsome amount in the summer window, the Championship winners are still being hammered by injuries. As it stands, Marcelo Bielsa is without summer recruits Robin Koch and Diego Llorente, who both operate at centre-back. Their most recent fixture against Leicester City also saw them pick up three more injury problems.
According to Premier Injuries, Patrick Bamford is out with a dead leg, which isn’t too serious. But playmakers Raphinha and Rodrigo are currently being assessed for reported muscular and groin injuries respectively.
This could see the duo out for an extensive period of time, which leaves Leeds short in the engine room. Bamford is already heavily carrying his side in terms of attack this season, they cannot afford to lose even more fire power.
With Raphinha out, Bielsa will likely have to field string players Ian Poveda or Helder Costa on the right-wing. The loss of the the Brazilian will be hefty one for the newly promoted outfit – he has already contributed to seven of Leeds’ Premier League goals this season, as per Transfermarkt.
Injuries have already cost the Whites dearly in defence, dropping points to the likes of Brighton and even Crawley Town in the FA Cup. Now, they could be limited in both their backline and attacking force, which is a recipe for disaster.
Victor Orta should be utilising this transfer window to strengthen an injury-stricken squad, but Hay’s update could mean trouble is on the horizon for a club desperate not to slip back down into the Championship. It will be very risky business if they choose not to bring in any new personnel today.
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