Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa insists he is pleased, despite the fact the Elland Road club signed no players before the transfer deadline today. The club of course can add new faces on loan until August 31st, something the Argentinian could revisit.
Still, it was a productive transfer window overall for the club given they added the likes of Barry Douglas and Patrick Bamford from Wolverhampton Wanderers and Middlesbrough respectively for significant fees. Leeds however could still bring Matt Pennington back to the club on loan from Everton, as Bielsa ideally wants another centre back to boost competition in this area.
Pontus Jansson is still getting back to full fitness having just returned following World Cup duty, and is again set to be a sub this weekend, just as he was for the Stoke City clash. Gaetano Berardi played at centre back, but full back is his natural position.
Bielsa is not necessarily a big fan of the transfer window concept, and will just be glad to give 100% focus to the team on the training ground,
“I like it when things are clear. I don’t like periods when we have uncertainty.”
Leeds made a great start to the Sky Bet Championship season when defeating pre-season title favourites Stoke 3-1 at Elland Road last Sunday in front of the Sky cameras. This weekend they take on another fancied side in the form of Derby County, managed by Frank Lampard. It promises to be another intriguing battle in the English second tier.