Leeds United will be patient but are expected to be active this month…
That’s according to Sky Sports reporter Dharmesh Sheth, who delivered a fresh claim live on the Transfer Show (6th January).
“Leeds United still looking to strengthen but they are prepared to be patient in this window,” he revealed.
Chief executive Angus Kinnear has already fired a warning to the Elland Road faithful that it is always hard to complete business during the January transfer window, whilst under manager Marcelo Bielsa and director of football Victor Orta, United have very rarely been busy.
The Yorkshire giants have endured a tricky season so far – after challenging the Premier League’s top ten last term, they find themselves on the cusp of a relegation dogfight and staring down the barrel at the infamous ‘second-season syndrome’.
Last weekend’s victory over Burnley handed the Whites some breathing room as they moved eight points clear of the drop, but several teams below them in the standings hold games in hand, so they remain in a perilous situation.
Some of their struggles can be attributed to the ongoing injury crisis at the club. Bielsa regularly has been without several key stars since the start of the season. The likes of captain Liam Cooper, vice-skipper Luke Ayling and leading talisman Patrick Bamford have all faced serious time on the treatment table.
As many as nine first-team players were missing for Leeds’ defeat to Arsenal over the festive period, so it’s no wonder they have struggled to replicate the heights of last season.
That is exactly why they need to be proactive in the transfer market this month.
For example, Bamford does not have sufficient cover, so Leeds have struggled to score goals this campaign. Only Raphinha (eight) has found the net more than twice in the league, so a new forward would be one of many areas that Orta and co need to target.
Therefore, Sheth’s claim that they will be looking to strengthen is certainly an encouraging one, and it should leave many supporters excited heading into the rest of the month.
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