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Leeds: Graham Smyth ‘would be stunned’ by free agent signing

Leeds: Graham Smyth ‘would be stunned’ by free agent signing -Leeds United News

Reliable journalist Graham Smyth says it would be a big shock if Leeds United sign a free agent at left-back before the January transfer window.

The Lowdown: Free agents available

The summer window is now closed for another year, with the Whites now focusing on Premier League commitments as they look to respond after last weekend’s 5-2 defeat at Brentford.

That being said, there are still free agents available who could be signed at any point – Wolves look set to tie up a deal for Diego Costa for example.

Leeds had an impressive summer, splashing the cash after losing Raphinha and Kalvin Phillips, but left-back is an area of the pitch where the squad still looks light, and a host of free agents in that position have been linked with a move.

The Latest: Smyth rules out signing

Writing in a Q&A for The Yorkshire Evening Post, Smyth was asked by one supporter if Victor Orta and Jesse Marsch may look into the unemployed market to find their solution at left-back:

“I would be stunned if they dipped into the free agent market for any signing. It just doesn’t feel like the kind of thing Leeds do. They had quite specific plans going into the summer transfer window, for each position, and had there been someone available on a free it would have happened long before now.

“If you’re fishing in that pond it suggests something has likely gone awry and while I believe they are a little light in that position, Marsch and Orta are content with what they have at left-back, in Junior Firpo, Pascal Struijk and Leo Hjelde.”

The Verdict: Enough depth to get by

While Leeds’ left-back options aren’t necessarily perfect – Junior Firpo has been inconsistent, Stuart Dallas is injured and Pascal Struijk is better centrally – there is enough quality to get by for the time being.

Signing a free agent would feel a little like a panic buy when one isn’t required and Marsch will have complete faith in the options at his disposal currently, especially with youngster Leo Hjelde continuing to mature.

Come January, the manager may return to the market to sign a left-back, but that is likely to depend on Firpo’s performances and the injury situation at that point.


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