With Liam Bridcutt resigned from Sunderland for the rest of the 2015/16 season and the defensive midfielder being joined today by winger Mustapha Carayol, Steve Evans would be forgiven if he pursued long-term interest Kyle Lafferty then left it at that. However, a Yorkshire Evening Post article says that Evans wants more in through the doors at Leeds United.
Evans is reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post to be “hopeful of making another ‘three or four’ signings in the January transfer window,” these coming on top of the capture of Middlesbrough’s Gambian winger Carayol and the resigning of Liam Bridcutt. Much talk had been mentioned in regard to a madcap deal made between Evans and Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino when lively Scot Evans took the seemingly-poisoned chalice of coaching/managing the Whites in October, with Leeds wallowing in 18th place.
Speaking of this promise, Evans recalled that, “He wanted me within a reasonable distance of the play-offs. I said six points, he said ‘yes’ and shook my hand.” Leeds ultimately failed to garner the points required over the Christmas period, drawing both games against Nottingham Forest (1-1) and Derby (2-2) to leave the Whites in 13th place and nine points behind sixth-placed Ipswich Town who Leeds visit on Tuesday January 12.
Still, Cellino must see something positive in the position Leeds find themselves as they enter into the 2016 portion of the 2015/16 season with an FA Cup Third Round fixture against Rotherham United. The latest player to be given the ‘green light’ as a signing for Leeds by Cellino, Middlesbrough’s Mustapha Carayol, will feature in the Leeds United squad of 18 against Rotherham. Evans said in a Yorkshire Evening Post report that, “He [Carayol] will be in the 18 for our home FA Cup tie with Rotherham,” indicating that fans of the Whites at Elland Road are likely to see something of the pacey winger tomorrow.
After that, all that remains is the prospect of which ‘three or four’ signings are going to be next through the doors at Elland Road as Leeds fans look up the table rather than casting too many hasty glances over their shoulder at what is happening behind them.