The Athletic’s Phil Hay has dropped a transfer update on Leeds United that may leave fans gutted.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side have had a fairly quiet window thus far in terms of first-team signings, with Junior Firpo the only real ‘new’ face to make his way through the door at Elland Road.
And now, writing for The Athletic on Friday morning, Hay has seemed to pour cold water over any potential late activity from the Whites.
He said: “There are other players out there — a source in London told The Athletic that Leeds turned down an approach offering them Harry Winks on loan from Tottenham Hotspur — but Bielsa’s comments last week were as good an indication as any that the club are likely to let the deadline pass.
“That Leeds themselves see room for another central midfielder in the squad is hardly in dispute. As Bielsa said, he does need more players (albeit not many by his own preferred headcount). But equally, he has a squad whose past form allows him to maintain confidence in them.
“The changes in this window do not scream ‘Big step forward’. But this window does not point to a big step backwards either and if there is concern on the outside, it is probably less to do with the fear of the squad running into trouble over the coming months than the possibility of impetus slowing, even if the slowdown is only temporary.”
Given Firpo is the only summer arrival who will come into the first-team at Leeds this season as a completely new face – Jack Harrison of course saw his move from Manchester City finally made permanent – it does feel slightly underwhelming, at least from an excitement point of view.
The Whites have been methodical in the way they’ve gone about their business, and unlike some other clubs, either in previous weeks or even heading into deadline day, there is no sense of panic or scrambling around.
Bielsa has the calm and responsible head to know what exactly he wants, and appears to be more than comfortable letting potential signings just walk past if he feels they aren’t the right fit.
That approach is certainly the right one, especially when you see some of the inflated fees that clubs are still paying for new players. So while Hay’s update is likely to leave fans gutted at potentially not seeing any more new faces, this transfer window shouldn’t be too disheartening for Leeds supporters.
It’s been one of steady progress.