Injuries are beginning to bite at Elland Road, and the bite is definitely being felt as ever more recruits are brought in from the Under-23s to fill the gaps.
Whilst some might be worried that it is a risky strategy to follow, it is nonetheless a strategy that is born more out of the daughterly ‘invention’ than it is the ‘motherly’ necessity. Leeds United have chosen to run with a trimmed-down squad, something done at the behest of new manager Marcelo Bielsa.
Some fans are hoping beyond hope that the Whites management dip into the January transfer market, even if it is to provide a sense of assurance. However, even that has been somewhat nixed by Bielsa at his pre-QPR presser.
What Bielsa has said is: “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.”
However, just because the official line is that the club aren’t looking to add to the ranks in January, that hasn’t stopped them actively scouting.
— Scouts in Attendance (@scoutsattending) December 7, 2018
Not really, the Leeds scout spent a few days in the area and also went to Angers v Caen
— Scouts in Attendance (@scoutsattending) December 8, 2018
According to Twitter account ‘Scouts in Attendance’, who monitor and report on scouting visits and assignments, Leeds United’s scouts have been active in France. Whilst there’s no indication of who it is that they are eyeing up, it does indicate that they are continuing to paddle in the shallows.
Leeds United won 2-1 this afternoon against QPR; it was their fourth win on the bounce. It is a streak that has depended on support from within, rather than players from without. With that rationale, and with very good players still to come back from injury, maybe Marcelo Bielsa and Leeds United are playing a canny game.