Leeds United need to make as many as five or six signings in the January transfer window, according to former top flight striker Frank McAvennie.
The Lowdown: Another defeat for Leeds
The Whites lost 2-1 at home to the Hammers on Saturday afternoon, as their below-par start to the 2021/22 season continues.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side are without a win in their opening six Premier League matches and questions may now start being asked of the manager and players, something which seemed unfathomable after their incredible first campaign back in the big time last season.
The Latest: McAvennie makes bold claim
Leeds currently look a shadow of the team that thrived so much last season, and speaking to Football Insider, McAvennie, 61, feels numerous reinforcements are needed in January, due to the Whites’ intense playing style:
“Leeds play with such a high tempo. It’s so intense, if you play like that, there will be injuries. They haven’t prepared for that.
“They aren’t like Manchester City, they don’t have two different starting sides. There’s nothing Bielsa can do about that. He won’t change his style for anyone.
“They have to go out in January and buy five or six, I’m not joking. If they want to keep playing like that, with players flying into tackles, people will get injured.”
The Verdict: No need for panic
There is understandable concern surrounding Leeds’ current 18th-place position, but perspective is still required.
It is extremely early in the season and Bielsa’s men have already faced Manchester United and Liverpool – West Ham are also a strong team at the moment – so it is too soon to claim they are in crisis.
An addition or two may not be a bad thing in January, but calling for half-a-dozen players to come in reeks of panic shopping and a win at home to Watford on Saturday would alter the mood.
In other news, one Leeds player has suffered an injury setback – find out who it is here.
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