Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa has said that he “can not be sure” that he will bring in a new goalkeeper in the January transfer window, amid fans’ worries that United do not have a squad big enough to go through further injury worries throughout the Championship season.
Throughout this season, Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa has insisted his squad ins big enough. The Whites have had to go through injury worries in the goalkeeper, defensive and attacking areas of the squad.
Most recently, loanee Jamal Blackman suffered a broken leg, leaving Bailey Peacock-Farrell as the only fit shot stopper at Leeds United. The ‘keeper crisis escalated when Peacock-Farrell had to pull out of United’s game against Bristol City, opening the door for youngster Will Huffer to make his professional debut and Kamil Miazek to be called up to the bench.
The injuries led to calls from Leeds United fans to bring in a new ‘keeper, and the transfer rumours followed. Freddie Woodman, Johnathan Bond, Tom Heaton and David Stockdale have all been linked with moves to Elland Road over the passing weeks.
However, Bielsa seemed to rule out the possibility of bringing in a new ‘keeper and bringing in new players overall.
“I’m very happy with and the players Victor Orta (United’s director of football) brought to the club,” Bielsa told the Yorkshire Evening Post.
“I don’t see the need to bring any other player in now. If it’s a player better than the ones we have then I would agree with the fact that he comes but I know how expensive that could be. And when a new player comes he doesn’t have the same advantage as the ones who are already present. He has to adapt to the team, the style of work, the city and the club.
“For the second part of the season, when you buy a player it has an impact on the club’s finances because the big players are not easily available. Apart from a situation where the team needs someone and the possibility of having a player is clear, we won’t buy anyone.
“I prefer instead to improve the quality of the work here. A team usually reflects the quality of the players’ individualities but it’s also linked to the training they receive.”
“The only difference regarding the style of play is when you buy a great player.
“The great players can go into any team without any difficulty but these kinds of players are not very common and very expensive. Clubs don’t want to sell these kinds of players. When you have an injury you can buy a player. But actually the goal is to buy a player who can improve the level of the team.
“In football what is possible doesn’t always become a reality. I prefer to be sure about what I’m saying and I can’t be sure about buying a goalkeeper, even if we take into account losing a great keeper like Blackman.”