Three Wise Men trekked following a star to present presents for the birth of the infant Jesus. That vignette is one of the cornerstones of the Nativity narrative. Now, it appears, that this idea of triplets will also guide Leeds United’s January dealings says Angus Kinnear in news carried by the Leeds Live website.
The January transfer window is almost upon all English sides, and it is likely to be a month of frantic dealings as clubs experience both ins and outs in terms of players. Sides will be weighing up who they do and don’t need and this has likely been underway for most, if not all, sides since the summer window closed at the end of August.
Leeds United can count themselves amongst this number of sides looking carefully at the structure of their side as the second half of the season looms. Last season, for the Whites, it was a typical Leeds slide and decline which saw them drop from first to an eventual third place finish and a play-off semi-final loss over two legs against Derby County.
Transfer windows in general and January windows, in particular, haven’t been anything to shout from the rooftops about for Whites fans. Indeed, many supporters have criticised the club’s lack of movement in January windows and have said that transfer window inactivity and inertia has led to missed opportunities to gain promotion to the Premier League.
The news that Angus Kinnear has for these supporters might not be what they are wanting to hear. In his programme notes ahead of today’s game at Elland Road against Cardiff City, Kinnear said not to expect much, if anything. Such a paucity of transfer window servings won’t be much of a shock to Leeds United fans, after all, they have gotten used to it.
In his notes, Kinnear states: “As the festive schedule gathers pace the media’s attention will turn to the January transfer window and the frenzy of speculation around the hunt for the elusive ‘season changing’ player will intensify. While Victor’s scouting team are as close to the market as ever, we will be prioritising not disrupting the stability of the existing squad versus gambling on any introductions.”
Expanding on this negativity, Kinnear adds: “We believe that the continuity that the current squad have in working with Marcelo for 18 months is the cornerstone of the progress we have made to date and that the players ability to adapt across positions and systems give us the strength in depth required to see out the campaign.”
Amidst this negative outlook, Kinnear did offer a glint of hope that this wasn’t a set-in-stone situation and that dealings could be made. On this he offered the following: “The only exception will be if we have to cover for an unexpected injury, unwanted departure or an improbable exceptional opportunity presents itself.”
The message in a nutshell? Don’t expect anything Leeds United fans, don’t expect anything.