When the names were being linked during the summer many of them turned out to be true. Samu Saiz and Gjanni Alioski were the two bigger names and if you ask 99% of fans they wouldn’t have known them let alone the likes of Pawel Cibicki or into the youth team, Ousama Siddiki.
I heard someone talking earlier on TalkSport (Leeds fan and journalist) and although I only caught the back-end some of his points were valid. The majority of players brought in by Andrea Radrizzani and Victor Orta are players who are coning in probably for the future. In the first-team there aren’t many who you can say have had a huge impact on the team and improved us. Saiz certainly has, Anita is a steady player and Alioski showed good early signs before a horrible drop in form in recent weeks, a staggering drop in form, again he has the potential. Felix Wiedwald was brought in to be the number one and his distribution wasn’t in question but command of the area was, he lost his place but we have only won one game since, and the latest defeat was a lot to do with his replacement Andy Lonergan, a player who has effectively replaced Rob Green.
The likes of Magdar Gomes and Kun along with Adrian Bilbao were all exciting additions but they were never for the first-team and this is where the issues may be at the moment. Without doubt signing youngsters like that is great for the future but it can’t just be that, we need players to come in and make an immediate impact. Pierre-Michel Lasogga is a player whom was brought in to replace Chris Wood and he has had some good games but does he improve on what we had, no. Hadi Sacko has come back but hasn’t hit the ground running and others are the same. Two loan signings haven’t been great either one has barely had a chance. Borthwick-Jackson has looked good but can’t get in the side (before his current injury) and Matthew Pennington is in and out.
January will be a big month for the club as we need some players who can make an impact straight away. Most clubs who buy from abroad also buy in the British market and it looks like we have been naïve which isn’t a surprise given the amount of change at the club but it’s clearly showing in the side at the moment. The majority of the side are the players from last season apart from a few key players who left and haven’t been replaced with players as good as them. We had many of the players playing out of their skins at the start of the season and now they have dropped off we are seriously struggling to get points and performances.