Leeds United’s transfer window business was like a ballroom dance: slow, slow, quick, quick, slow. Whites fans were made to wait, they saw deals done quickly, but nothing on deadline day.
The first two in through the door were Chelsea duo Jamal Blackman and Lewis Baker on loan deals, with permanent signings of Barry Douglas (Wolves) and Patrick Bamford (Middlesbrough), with Manchester City youngster Jack Harrison rounding off a quintet of signings.
However, with Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa paring back his Sky Bet Championship squad to the most bare of minimums, many Leeds United fans are seeing just five players inbound as too little a number to sustain a serious tilt at achieving at least the promotion play-off places. These fans’ clamouring voices may very well have been heard.
In today’s pre-Bolton presser, Marcelo Bielsa was asked about whether Leeds United would be utilising the loan market and topping up what is already available to them. It is his response that will give hope to Leeds United fans that a player may well be incoming.
In responding to the posed question Bielsa, whilst remaining coy about who/what position it might be, said that the club will probably look at bringing one player in. However, the Argentinian was at pains to express that any player coming in would “correspond and match” the remits of what Bielsa called “the original project.”
Leeds United have set off like a house on fire, dispatching two quality sides in Stoke City and Derby County, so any loan deal is unlikely to feature there. Perhaps, and this will please many Leeds United fans, the requisites being looked at will be to shore up the centre of defence where the Whites are seen to be most threadbare.