Leeds Live’s Beren Cross has delivered an update on where things stand with Leeds United and the upcoming January transfer window.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side have endured a real struggle in their opening few games of the new Premier League season, remaining winless and lying in the bottom three.
With the Whites also facing some considerable injury issues, Cross has now revealed what he thinks Leeds’ plan could be when the transfer window reopens in the winter.
He said: “For what it’s worth, I think the midfield did a lot better on Saturday. Klich and Dallas were something much closer to their best, but I agree they still feel light when injuries and suspensions hit.
“I don’t think Leeds are looking for a bargain in the sense they only want back-ups for less than £2.5m, but I think they should be applauded for seeking out value in the market. Raphinha, Koch and Llorente look incredible value for the prices paid.
“The problem with January business is you’re always fighting an uphill battle to make it work under Bielsa. Assuming you sign the player in mid to late January. They need six weeks with the under-23s before they’re ready physically and tactically for Bielsa. You’re looking at the final six weeks of a season for the player to have an impact.
“If there was some form of injury crisis, then I am sure the club would act, but it seems highly unlikely if the squad is largely available to Bielsa through the second half of the season.”
Make no mistake about it, Leeds could really do with some reinforcements in some key areas to better deal with the problems that have already begun to surface just six games into the new Premier League campaign.
Centre-back went from an area of strength to one that has seen teenage talent Charlie Cresswell having to step in in the last couple of weeks, something Bielsa would surely have been keen to avoid.
Midfield continues to be one of the biggest concerns of the lot, with Adam Forshaw’s recent injury setback delivering yet another painful reminder of how and why they didn’t get a deal done for a new player in that part of the pitch – the likes of Lewis O’Brien and Nahitan Nandez were linked of course for long periods of time.
And up front, the machine that is Patrick Bamford finally broke down at the weekend, missing a rare Premier League match through injury, and the workload that is placed on his shoulders is surely too much to ask for yet another campaign in the top-flight.
It’s exactly why Cross’ claim that Leeds are “highly unlikely” to make new signings unless there’s an injury crisis is sure to leave Bielsa fuming. They needed new players in particular in midfield and up front even without any injuries, and yet it appears the club aren’t ready to back their manager just yet.