While other clubs in the league strengthened heavily, Leeds’ transfer business over the summer was relatively minimal as the club only brought in two players on a permanent basis combined with another four on loan.
On one hand, using the same players every week breads an air of continuity but on the other, it also puts a huge strain on the side week in week out. Furthermore, with Bielsa’s high-energy style of play, the demand on the players only increases and it’s starting to look like it’s starting to take it’s toll on the squad as Bielsa has been without Kemar Roofe and Pablo Hernandez recently.
The Argentinian manager has also been without Gaetano Berardi in recent weeks and most recently was without star performer, Barry Douglas for the club’s game against Brentford.
With those injuries in mind, Football Insider is reporting that Bielsa has demanded that the club back him in the January transfer window and he has demanded a new winger, centre-back and striker.
Despite Bielsa liking to use a relatively small squad, over the course of a long and tough Championship season, it’s incredibly hard to keep a squad intact for the whole year. As we have seen, Leeds’ form has suffered greatly due to the losses of Roofe and Hernandez. Tyler Roberts has deputised well up front but losing two players of the calibre of Roofe and Hernandez is a massive blow.
It seems, therefore, that Leeds must reinvest in the squad in January or they could risk their promotion hopes.
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