Leeds United are likely to wait until next summer to look for a new central midfielder, according to The Athletic‘s Phil Hay.
The Whites were linked with midfielders during the summer transfer window, with Huddersfield Town’s Lewis O’Brien and Cagliari’s Nahitan Nandez among the names mentioned. They didn’t sign one in the end, though, sticking with existing options Kalvin Phillips, Mateusz Klich, Adam Forshaw and Jamie Shackleton.
Most of their £53m summer spend went on wingers Dan James and Jack Harrison and a left-back in the form of Junior Firpo.
The Whites had to wait until the seventh league game of the season to record their first victory and are hovering in 16th in the early Premier League table.
Hay was asked in a supporter mailbag for The Athletic whether there’ll be ‘any moves for a midfielder in January’.
“What else is there to talk about?” he wrote in reply.
“At least one other person took this further by asking whether a new centre-mid will be a priority next summer, to which the answer has to be “yes”.
“But January?” he added. “I’m not convinced the club will do much in January unless the league position is causing acute concern.”
Leeds’ director of football Victor Orta is apparently of the view that the mid-season window offers ‘poor value for money’, while the club are increasingly sceptical about whether ‘January arrivals work for Marcelo Bielsa’.
It has been a rocky start to the season for Leeds, but by January they should hopefully have moved comfortably clear of trouble. As Hay says, that would make mid-season signings unlikely.
He added that the failure of a previous winter addition in Jean-Kevin Augustin, who made only three appearances at Elland Road, is something of a cautionary tale.
Leeds’ push for Europe may be delayed by the absence of a quality central midfielder in front of Phillips, but you could still argue that their approach is sensible.
In other news, Hay had this to say about Marcelo Bielsa’s future.
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