Leeds United are definitely in the mix for a new set of players, this has been confirmed as much by Steve Evans on multiple occasions with the Yorkshire Evening Post saying that ‘three is the magic transfer number” for Evans and the Whites.
Summing up the performance from Leeds United against MK Dons, Steve Evans was less than forthcoming with a ‘polite’ summary missing as Evans simply said it was a five letter word beginning with S but out of “respect for yourself Adam [Pope] and the BBC” the Leeds head coach refused to let on what all United fans were thinking.
One thing that Evans did elaborate on was the need for new faces at Elland Road both on the back of a disappointing performance against MK Dons but also to foster a charge up the table. Evans admitted to this in his post match interview with BBC Radio Leeds’ Adam Pope (below) saying that, “[Leeds had an] inability to pass the ball, move the ball and get in people’s faces, create chances.”
He then went on to admit that, “We know we need players…we need some quality into the building,” before going on to elaborate on how he [Evans] was acting in conjunction with owner Massimo Cellino who is playing the Santa role with Evans having given Cellino the list and with the Leeds owner checking it twice.
When asked by Popey about the whether Sunderland loanee Liam Bridcutt had played his last game for the Whites, Steve Evans replied with a quite straightforward reply of, “If what I was told this morning, it won’t be his last game;“ this giving Leeds fans a hint that important player Bridcutt will be at the club for the remainder of the season.
One other snippet that Evans threw out as a little bait was that Leeds were also looking to strengthen the side down the flanks with the addition of a more ‘attack-focused’ player. On this topic, Evans simply stated that, “There’s a wide player we are looking at, and we’d like to bring him in. That’s gone to a chairman and a manager’s discussion on Tuesday. We just need to be patient.”
If three is the magic transfer number for Leeds United, is it a case of Bridcutt staying, the much-stated arrival of Kyle Lafferty from Norwich and this mystery wide man?