Leeds United are willing to spend big in one area this transfer window…
That’s according to journalist Pete O’Rourke, who delivered an intriguing claim to GIVEMESPORT earlier this week.
The Yorkshire giants rarely conduct business during the winter, not at least under the current regime of manager Marcelo Bielsa and director of football Victor Orta as there isn’t enough time for any new player to get up to speed with the Argentine’s methods.
However, this month could be very different.
“The one position where I think the Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani is willing to maybe push the boat out and spend a bit more, is for that central midfielder,” he said.
Overall this season, the Peacocks have been in pretty dire form.
Their win over Burnley earlier this month moved them eight points clear of the relegation zone but things can quickly change in this division, especially as several teams below them in the standings hold a game in hand on them.
That result, though, was followed up with a premature exit from the FA Cup last weekend, so it only goes to show that Bielsa’s men have struggled and for large parts, that has been down to injuries.
Leeds’ squad has been decimated with a long list of injury problems regularly throughout the campaign. Against Arsenal only last month, Bielsa was missing as many as 11 players, nine of which could be considered first-team regulars.
It got so bad that he had to name a 15-year-old on the bench for a Premier League clash.
One of the longer-term absentees is academy graduate turned club favourite, Kalvin Phillips. His presence at the base of midfield is sorely missed and some of their disappointing results could be attributed to his absence.
And he is not due back until February at the earliest, which is cause for concern and exactly why the addition of a new midfielder should be a priority.
The Yorkshiremen were already on the lookout for one but the England international’s injury increases that need tenfold and must force Radrizzani’s hand to spend this month.
So for O’Rourke to suggest that the Italian supremo is willing to put his hand into his pocket to do so is hugely encouraging. It should leave Bielsa absolutely buzzing that he’s going to get at least one reinforcement in a very key area.
Either of those would be solid additions.