As yet more players fall by the wayside at Elland Road due to injury, Leeds United fans continue to lament for January signings.
It is understandable where there are such lamentations coming out of LS11 at the moment. Seemingly not a Marcelo Bielsa presser goes by without the announcement of yet another injury.
However, many Bielsa pressers go by without any reference to January transfer business. That’s what is worrying the Whites fanbase, the lack of movement from the club towards bringing in new players.
Leeds are currently atop the pile in the Sky Bet Championship, although their lead has been trimmed to just two points. They have also lost their last two games in the league: a 2-0 home defeat against Hull City, and a 4-2 defeat away at Nottingham Forest.
Friday’s Championship match-up sees Leeds take on a surging Derby County, and not the same iteration that was washed away 4-1 in the second game of the season. Whilst it may be at Elland Road, that is little solace considering the mounting injury/absence list.
Whilst all of that needs considering, the Whites are no closer to bringing anyone in. Latest news emanating from Elland Road scythes the squad down even more; Lewis Baker was recalled by Chelsea and loaned to Reading and the influential Pablo Hernandez is missing Friday’s game.
Journalist Phil Hay, who writes for the Yorkshire Evening Post, is a man with his finger on the Elland Road pulse. Hay is of the opinion that signings are needed at Elland Road if the Whites are going to sustain the form that sent them top.
However it is this from Hay (below) that really gives fans a pointed insight into the transfer policy at Elland Road, at least in his opinion.
I think AR feels that, give or take, he’s spending as much per season as he can (or is willing to). That’s why Vieira went to help fund Bamford.
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) January 9, 2019
Whilst it is only Hay’s opinion, it is one that Leeds United fans will feel a pull to. It points out that, perhaps, the issue lies away from the noticing and scouting of players and more at the willingness to spend big to bring in the quality and calibre of players that are needed.
The most pointed thing that Hay mentions is that owner Andrea Radrizzani’s reluctance to fund engagement in the transfer market can be seen in “why Vieira went to fund Bamford.
It is true that young starlet Patrick Vieira’s departure from Elland Road was both sudden and totally unexpected. It is also true that bringing in Patrick Bamford from Middlesbrough was equally sudden and unexpected.
However, as Hay delivers this message – it is possible to see just how closely linked the two instances are.