Signing players in January isn’t always easy, and at Leeds we have been frustrated by the lack of deals in the past few years. The club have said it would be a quiet window this month, although a few names have been linked in the last few days. It’s not just buying players that can help in January, loaning in players who can make an immediate impact rather than players from abroad who may take time to settle is also a very viable, and sometimes they could be key in helping you achieve your goals in the second half of the season.
There are some good examples, but some poor ones to. We should have money in the bank to spend, the departures of Chris Wood and Charlie Taylor meant well over £20 million was recouped during the summer. Loaning players does cost money normally, plus wages and although it isn’t ideal, sometimes you have to bite the bullet and use the loan market. A good example is Huddersfield and Izzy Brown, although it pains me to say it. The youngster arrived on loan and was arguably their best player in the promotion push, scoring some crucial goals and having a huge impact on their campaign. There are some options that could be available, I’ve picked out a few I think could be, and I think would help us push on this season.
Kasey Palmer – Chelsea – Attacking Midfielder
Palmer was another key part of the Huddersfield promotion push last season and was loaned back to the club for this season. For reasons we don’t know, but can probably guess he was recalled by Chelsea this week. He hasn’t been playing enough games and that is an opportunity for another club to jump in and take the player. He would certainly fit in with the players currently at Leeds. Samu Saiz, Pablo Hernandez, Kemar Roofe, Gjanni Alioksi are all players who like to play with the ball at their feet, quick passing and very direct. Palmer is easily Championship quality, and that’s proven.
Chris Martin – Derby County – Striker
Martin isn’t having a great time of things. A player who, given the chances will score goals at this level. He hasn’t struggled in the last year or so due to falling out of favour at Derby after a loan that went belly up at Fulham. Big, strong and today linked to Leeds by Sky Sports News today. Would he move? Probably, not permanent maybe but you could certainly see him asking for a loan. Would he come to Leeds? Probably, but I’m not sure Leeds would go for another big striker, with Lasogga and Grot already struggling to get into the side.
Adam Clayton – Middlesbrough – Central Midfield
The links to Clayton are already there. The Yorkshire Post reported that this could be a potential deal and for me it would be very productive. Clayton is good on the ball with bite, and we sometimes lack a player to slow the game down, or speed it up from the middle. Many fans have an issue with him because he celebrated against us when he went to Huddersfield, others aren’t bothered by the situation. Personally it doesn’t bother me, I think he would be a great addition for 6 months.
Jack Coleback – Newcastle United – Central Midfield
The central midfielder is known for being one of the hardest working players at Newcastle. Good and industrious on the ball and certainly someone who knows about the promotion push in this league. Was a key player for Newcastle last season but the step-up to the Premier League has been deemed to big a step by Rafa Benitez. He has already been heavily linked by the press in previous months and the rumour is that Newcastle want to sell the player.
Ademola Lookman – Everton – Winger
A player with so much talent and one that will probably need a loan move next season anyway. He has bags of ability but getting a game at Everton isn’t easy and his chances are limited. Has the ability to tear teams up in this division without a doubt. Would he take the step? Who knows. The chances that Leeds will go into the British loan market are anyone’s guess anyway, but there’s no harm in having a look and debating potential options. Transfer windows and chat are such a huge part of the game now.