Leeds have made five signings this summer, starting with Lewis Baker most recently signing Patrick Bamford. £10 million spent, £8 million recouped in player sales and five through the door. It’s clear the club need more, the midfield certainly do because we are extremely thin on the ground.
Leeds are set to strengthen in the loan market now the transfer window has shut, there will be no more permanent deals for English clubs, incoming that is, until January. Leeds, who had more central midfielders than any other position a few weeks ago are lacking numbers after players have left, and two injuries. Adam Forshaw is out for up to eight weeks, Ronaldo Vieira has been sold and back-up to the back-up in that areas Stuart Dallas is also now injured.
Dallas arrived into Sunday’s game late on and was put into a central areas, he didn’t look out of place and is now injured. He was playing there because Adam Forshaw was injured and Mateusz Klich needed to come off after having the best game of his Leeds United career to date. There is more to come from the Polish midfielder this season and that’s great news because apart from him and Forshaw, Kalvin Phillips is the only other central midfielder.
Lewis Baker and Samu Saiz are both central players but play in the attacking role, they will be expected to drop in and help but they aren’t a “six, eight or even a four”. They are both “tens” and that means we have a problem, one that Oliver Norwood could easily fix. The Brighton midfielder has been heavily linked with Leeds in recent weeks and will be available with Brighton strengthening again this summer.
Norwood is a deep-lying midfielder and Leeds need one as soon as possible. The window shutting isn’t a bad situation just yet because the loan window will stay open for another two weeks, but it has to be used. If the loan window shuts and Leeds haven’t signed anymore players then it will be a worry. You can’t possibly get through the season with a squad this size, but saying that we’ve never had Marcelo Bielsa at the helm.