Leeds have signed more players than any other January window since it opened, and have spent more money on players since the window opened (credit Chris Taylor LUFCData) and yet only two of the players are for the first-team. The second half of the season will be an uphill battle unless we pull something out of the bag in the next few days.
So far we have signed two very different players for the first-team and a handful for the development squad. Adam Forshaw is the most expensive signing in over 16 years at £4.5 million. We needed a player who could knit the team together and Forshaw is the man to do that, I like the deal and I think for a player who can help us control games that’s a fair amount of money to spend. Laurens De Bock has arrived from Club Brugge and despite conceding four goals against Millwall he and Gaetano Berardi looked good in the full-back positions. It’s hard to judge on one game, we will have to wait and see on that one. Early indications are positive.
Aapo Halme, Yosuke Ideguchi, Pascal Struijk and Sam Dalby have all signed, along with Oliver Sarkic and not one of them are for the current first-team. Ideguchi has been loaned out to Cultural Leonesa despite getting his work permit to play in England and the rest are for the development side. I have always said that I quite like the idea that we are bringing in players from both England and abroad for the under 23’s, but I do worry that many of them still aren’t even getting a game. There was only a handful of them that played yesterday and we were well beaten by Barnsley which doesn’t look good for what the club are trying to do and the money being spent for that area of the squad. However, why are we concentrating on the first-team recruitment?
The money for Chris Wood hasn’t been spent, around £7 million still remains and Andrea Radrizzani was bold enough to say that the fans “can rest assured” all monies will be spent on the squad. With the current squad and the games coming up, without our best player we are on the brink, at crossroads this season and we need a player or two now or we are going to be backs against the wall. I have said for a couple of months now that this season could be over by the end of February if we aren’t careful. We can’t allow that to happen, for the last two Januarys we have been let down in the window and this season surely we will learn from our mistakes. The deal for Forshaw gave me faith, but since then we have taken our eye off the ball after the club tried to release a badge that isn’t worthy of a Sunday League team. Time to re-focus.