Victor Orta has revealed he hopes it is not necessary for Leeds United to splash out on new players this January because of the loan additions they made throughout the summer, according to a report by offthepitch.com.
The Whites’ director of football was attending a conference at the World Football Summit in Madrid where he was interviewed about the club’s transfer strategy.
Within the report, it states: “Orta says there may be money to spend on players in January but hopes it is not necessary to splash out too much thanks to the string of shrewd loan signings.”
Whether Orta and Leeds will have to spend on new players in January is something only time will be able to tell, although at the present moment, things are looking rather encouraging for Marcelo Bielsa and his squad.
The Whites currently sit top of the Championship after eight games, having conceded just four goals, and have looked dominant in the majority of their games, however, it would appear they have had some trouble closing them out in recent weeks – games against Swansea City and Derby County recently further highlight that particular issue.
Orta did, however, admit that he felt the loan additions were enough if the club managed to stay healthy: “For me one of the keys of this season is about healthy. If we don’t have any injuries I think we can fight for promotion. Last season we had a lot of injuries and even arrived to the last part of the season with chances.”
Indeed, injuries were a real problem for Leeds and Bielsa last season, with the Yorkshire Evening Post revealing the Whites had 31 individual injuries over the campaign, which resulted in 165 games being missed as a total (not including those players who were to spend the whole year on the sidelines).
Without jumping the gun too quickly, the Championship outfit appear to have dodged those serious problems so far and appear to be in a much better place than they, perhaps, were 12 months ago – Adam Forshaw, Stuart Dallas, Pontus Jansson, Liam Cooper, Pablo Hernandez, Jamie Shackleton, Gaetano Berardi, Kemar Roofe, Patrick Bamford and Conor Shaughnessy were all unavailable at this stage last season.
Indeed, the loans that Orta and Bielsa have made this summer appear to have given Leeds some vital strength in key areas – Eddie Nketiah has already found the back of the net four times following Roofe’s departure; Ben White has been a colossus at the back registering an average of 2.3 tackles, 3.8 interceptions and 3.6 clearances (WhoScored), whilst both Jack Harrison and Helder Costa have contributed with a goal and an assist between them as Illan Meslier provides back-up for Kiko Casilla with Bailey Peacock-Farrell deciding to leave for Burnley.
Should the Whites be able to keep all them fit, as well as the main members of their squad, then perhaps, there would be no real need to fork out on new additions this January after all.
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