We’re a little over a week into the new year and it appears Leeds United still have nothing in the pipework when it comes to incomings this month…
Ahead of the Whites’ FA Cup clash with Premier League rivals West Ham United earlier this afternoon, The Athletic’s Phil Hay dropped a worrying five-word update on their transfer matters.
When asked if the Yorkshire outfit were ‘down the line’ with any additions yet, the ever-reliable reporter responded:
“Very quiet on that front,” he said.
This will surely cause a bit of anxiety amongst the Elland Road faithful, if not some anger as it’s evident just how bad the club’s recruitment team need to bolster Marcelo Bielsa’s playing squad.
Typically, United have never spent much, if at all, during the winter transfer window, especially under director of football Victor Orta and the Argentine head coach.
However, that is something that has got to change as the 66-year-old’s playing squad has been ripped through by injuries this season.
Patrick Bamford has spent the vast majority of the season on the sidelines, without a backup, meaning Bielsa has had to deploy players out of position up top, such as Daniel James and Jack Harrison.
Whilst another midfielder is surely high on the agenda, having been on the lookout for one over the past few windows.
Further cover in defence wouldn’t go amiss either as there is seemingly a new centre-back absent with every passing week.
Leeds cannot afford to leave their business late either as it increases the risk of them overspending on one or two targets, as well as the prospect of missing out on them too.
It’s certainly a worrying that it’s quiet, even if it’s merely a week or so into the month. The club have had plenty of time to identify additions, so they should be busier than this.