Leeds United correspondent Phil Hay has revealed that the club’s ‘intention’ is to act in the January window after the huge news of an injury to Kalvin Phillips.
The Lowdown: Phillips’ surgery
Marcelo Bielsa’s squad has been impacted massively due to a number of injuries this season, with plenty of key players sidelined.
How many signings should Leeds make in January?
Phillips is one of the latest out after suffering a hamstring problem against Brentford earlier this month. Liam Cooper and Patrick Bamford also injured the same muscle in the 2-2 draw with the Bees, whereas Rodrigo is sidelined with a heel issue and Pascal Struijk with a foot problem.
News emerged on Monday that the holding midfielder has now had surgery to repair the issue but is expected to be out for at least two months as a result.
The Latest: Hay’s claim
Hay ran a Q&A on The Athletic prior to Leeds’ defeat to Manchester City on Tuesday.
He was asked for an update by one fan in regards to any January incomings, to which he said:
“The intention is there after the injury to Phillips. But it will depend on budget and available options. You know the drill.”
The Verdict: Good news…
A midfielder appears desperately needed at Elland Road following the injury to Phillips. Bielsa has just four midfielders on the books, two of which are injured after Jamie Shackleton hobbled off at the Etihad.
That leaves just Adam Forshaw and Mateusz Klich as his remaining options, although Stuart Dallas can provide cover when needed.
However, it is clear to see that the Whites would benefit from a midfield addition for the second half of the season, and it’s good to see that owner Andrea Radrizzani is ready to take action over the coming weeks, should the right deal appear.
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