Leeds United may end up making no further additions in the summer transfer window.
That’s according to Phil Hay, with The Athletic journalist revealing on a recent episode of The Phil Hay Show that, despite Victor Orta still being linked with a number of targets in the transfer market, supporters could well see Thursday’s transfer deadline come and go without the club making any more signings
Regarding Leeds’ remaining transfer business, Hay said: “From the noises over the weekend, my gut feeling is that we might well go past the window and the deadline without anything else happening, but you never can tell at this stage.”
While it is true that Leeds have been incredibly active in the summer transfer window thus far, when taking into account that Orta is known to have been looking to add both a new left-back and centre-forward to Jesse Marsch’s squad prior to Thursday’s transfer deadline, Hay’s latest update is sure to be something that the 48-year-old manager won’t like.
Indeed, with Partick Bamford once again struggling with injury this season – with knocks having seen the Whites’ first choice number nine start just seven Premier League fixtures last season – coupled with Joe Gelhardt also having suffered with niggling injuries so far in 2022/23, the argument that the Whites are in need of much greater depth up top is a very easy one to make.
Furthermore, with both Junior Firpo and Stuart Dallas also being ruled out due to knocks at present, in addition to the former having struggled with the pace of the Premier League last season – averaging an extremely disappointing SofaScore match rating of 6.60 last time out, ranking him as Leeds’ seventh-worst performer in the league – it is also evident that the left of Marsch’s backline is an area of the American’s squad that requires strengthening.
As such, while it is true that Leeds have started their 2022/23 campaign in impressive form – with the Whites currently sitting in fifth place after four games played – should Orta wish to give Marsch the best possible chance of avoiding a repeat of last season’s fight for survival, it would appear as if the Spaniard simply must do all he can to sign both a left-back and a striker in the coming days.
However, following Hay’s latest update, this does not appear overly likely – something that is sure to come as a gutting blow to both supporters and Marsch alike.