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Leeds: Dean Jones drops January transfer claim

Leeds United are targeting the addition of two players in the January transfer window.

What’s the talk?

That’s according to Dean Jones, with the transfer insider stating in a recent interview with GIVEMESPORT that, despite signing nine players in the summer, Jesse Marsch and Victor Orta are nevertheless looking to make two further additions to the Whites’ first-team squad in the winter.

Regarding Leeds’ prospective business in the January transfer market, Jones said: “There are still steps to be made in this squad build. I know that Jesse Marsch is looking to make a couple of signings in that January window, and I think that those signings will help with this need to remain competitive.”

Orta must act

Leeds secured some impressive additions this summer, with the likes of Luis Sinisterra, Brenden Aaronson, Rasmus Kristensen, Marc Roca and Tyler Adams having already made a positive impact, while Sonny Perkins, Darko Gyabi and Wilfried Gnonto all appear to be exciting players for the future. However, it is clear that the Whites still need greater depth in at least two positions.

The first and arguably most important of these is at left-back, with Stuart Dallas ruled out until at least the turn of the year with a fractured femur, while the club’s £13m summer 2021 signing Junior Firpo has struggled with both injuries and his performance levels when on the pitch.

Indeed, after managing just 19 starts from his 24 Premier League appearances last season – over which the full-back averaged a disappointing SofaScore match rating of 6.60, ranking him as only Marsch’s 12th-best performer in the top flight – the £10.8m-rated defender has once again managed just one appearance so far this term as a result of injury.

As such, with the remainder of the Whites’ back four now appearing to be relatively set, it is evident that, should the 48-year-old American wish to make his backline as strong as possible, a more reliable and consistent left-back must be brought into the club this winter.

Secondly, while it is true that Leeds currently boast a wealth of centre-forward talent in their youth setup, with Sonny Perkins, Joe Gelhardt, Mateo Joseph and Sam Greenwood all looking extremely promising, Marsch lacks a senior backup option to Patrick Bamford in his attack.

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With the 29-year-old having started just 10 Premier League games over the course of the 2021/22 and 2022/23 campaigns as a result of a series of injuries, it is evident that, if Leeds truly wish to make a push for a top-half finish this season, greater depth must also be brought in at centre-forward.

As such, while the Whites possess a team which is more than capable of a mid-table finish on paper, Orta simply must strengthen these two positions in January in order to give Marsch and his players the best possible chance of going on to do so in reality come the end of the campaign.

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