Leeds United have not made any progress in terms of new signings in the January transfer window to date, according to reliable journalist Phil Hay.
The Lowdown: Injury-plagued season
The Whites have failed to repeat their heroics of last season’s ninth-place finish in the Premier League, sailing worryingly close to a relegation fight this time around.
While Marcelo Bielsa can’t use it solely as an excuse, injuries have clearly not helped the Whites, with key figures such as Luke Ayling, Kalvin Phillips and Patrick Bamford all missing for significant chunks of the campaign.
These fitness issues have heightened the need for January reinforcements to come in, but no new faces have arrived since the window opened.
The Latest: Hay gives worrying update
Speaking in a Q&A for The Athletic on Sunday, Hay provided an update on the situation, admitting that progress is slow at the moment.
In response to a supporter’s query on where things stand with January transfer, the journalist outlined: “Very quiet on that front – which isn’t to say they’re not working on anything but we’re yet to see a deal move to an advanced stage. Extra resources have felt necessary for a while. The squad has been too susceptible to injuries this season.”
The Verdict: Signings are a must
It is still relatively early in the month, but failing to bring in any new signings would be negligent from Leeds, and it’s a bit worrying to hear Hay saying that no prospective deals have reached an “advanced stage”.
Wholesale changes aren’t required, especially as key figures return from injury, but one or two additions would improve the depth at Bielsa’s disposal and surely lessen the chances of a damaging return to the Championship.
In other news, Hay has provided a positive update on the future of one Leeds player. Find out who it is here.
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