In his pre-match conference ahead of Leeds United’s Championship clash with Queens Park Rangers, manager Marcelo Bielsa admitted that he can not be sure that he will bring in a new goalkeeper in the January transfer window.
The Argentine manager spoke to the press about Leeds United’s goalkeeper search ahead of their clash with Steve McClaren’s Queens Park Rangers.
“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.
“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.”
With those comments, Leeds United fans could be forgiven for thinking that there will not be a new shot stopper arriving at Elland Road. With Jamal Blackman’s injury, Bailey Peacock-Farrell is the only fit, senior keeper at the club, leading to calls for a back up keeper from fans.
Despite Bielsa’s comments, Director of Football Victor Orta has reportedly been building a shortlist of ‘keepers that could arrive at Elland Road in January. The Mirror journalist David Anderson posted an update on the saga on Twitter, saying:
Leeds will sign a goalkeeper next month, despite Marcelo Bielsa confusing the issue at his press conference on Thursday. Am told director of football Victor Orta has been working on a shortlist and believes he can get the experienced keeper he wants.
— David Anderson (@MirrorAnderson) December 7, 2018
The Whites’ goalkeeper saga has been going on for some time now, with names such as Tom Heaton, Freddie Woodman and David Stockdale being linked with a switch in recent weeks. However, it seems that the best way to find out if Bielsa will bring in a ‘keeper is to wait and see if anyone puts pen to paper in the January window.