Leeds United will only make new signings in the January transfer window if their season is in dire straits, according to reliable journalist Phil Hay.
The Lowdown: Iffy start to the season
The Whites impressed hugely in the Premier League last season, finishing ninth in their first year back in the top-flight and playing some eye-catching football along the way.
The 2021/22 campaign has been a struggle to date, however, with Marcelo Bielsa’s side plagued by injuries in defence and picking up just one win, which came at home to Watford last weekend.
The Latest: Hay gives transfer update
There could arguably be a need to make January reinforcements in order to freshen up the squad, but that appears to be unlikely.
According to The Athletic‘s Hay, it would be a surprise if any new faces came in midway through the season:
“But January? I’m not convinced the club will do much in January unless the league position is causing acute concern.
“From my perspective, if the season is in hand at the turn of the year, then I’d hold off and gear up for a major midfield addition when the season ends. I think we can all see that it has to be done.”
The Verdict: Wait until the summer
While Leeds’ tough start will naturally lead to calls for new signings, there is no need to go overboard, with Bielsa having a strong squad at his disposal.
As Hay alludes to, unless the Whites are suddenly hit with a bigger form crisis or many more injuries, they would be better off waiting until next summer, rather than potentially rushing into a signing.
January is notorious for panic signings of overpriced players, and Victor Orta and co are surely working on a long-term strategy rather than throwing darts at a board – just look at their recent interest in teenage starlet Mateo Joseph.
In other news, one Leeds player should be fit to face Southampton next weekend. Find out who it is here.
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