The Athletic’s Phil Hay has dropped a Leeds United transfer update which is sure to have fans fuming.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side have had a mixed start to the Premier League season to say the least, suffering a thrashing at the hands of rivals Manchester United before being held to a 2-2 draw by Everton at Elland Road at the weekend.
The Whites have been similarly slow off the blocks when it comes to their recruitment, with only Junior Firpo as a notable new arrival.
Hay has now delivered a worrying update on where things stand behind the scenes at Thorp Arch.
Writing on Twitter, he said: “Incomings wise, Leeds will get Leo Hjelde from Celtic done before the deadline. As Bielsa said last week, more than that looks unlikely. Good chance that Poveda will head to Blackburn on loan. #lufc @TheAthleticUK.”
Speaking after the defeat to Manchester United on the opening day of the Premier League season, Bielsa himself said: “It’s not probable that any more signings will be made. I’m happy with the players I can count on at the moment. It’s the same group as last season with the substitution of Firpo for Alioski.
“Signings that strengthen the team means a player has to compete with players who already have a position. That means there’s a very high cost to these. With regards to this situation, if players don’t arrive there’s disappointment that they don’t arrive.
“The situation is to find players who can overcome the players we already have at a low price. But to say a low price also means a high price. Low prices at the moment are prices which are very high. For good players, the prices are inaccessible.”
While Bielsa must be lauded for his incredible loyalty to the players who have brought Leeds up from the Championship and into the top flight, there remains a worrying lack of cover in certain areas, which could backfire spectacularly if things go wrong.
The Whites have already seen this season the impact not having Kalvin Phillips can have them, succumbing to a 5-1 defeat at Old Trafford in his absence. Patrick Bamford remains the club’s only senior centre-forward option when you consider that Rodrigo is being used in a more withdrawn role. That’s not to mention the Spaniard himself is looking far short of the club-record signing that he is – he didn’t even make it off the bench against the Toffees on Saturday.
After an impressive first season back in the Premier League saw them clinch a top-half finish, this summer could have, and probably should have, seen the Whites take that next step.
Instead, they’ve stood still, and barring the Alioski for Firpo swap that Bielsa mentioned, this remains the same squad from last season. Whites fans will surely be livid if the club doesn’t execute any more significant business before the end of the transfer window.