Ahead of Leeds United’s important clash with fellow promotion hopefuls West Bromwich Albion, manager Marcelo Bielsa has hinted that Leeds United could be in for a surprisingly quiet January transfer window, despite many thinking the squad is too small.
As it stands, Leeds United currently have striker Patrick Bamford, defensive duo Luke Ayling and Gaetano Berardi and loaned in attacker Izzy Brown on the sidelines with long term injuries, leaving Marcelo Bielsa’s options limited. Thankfully, Bielsa reported that there are no fresh injury worries heading into the game with West Brom.
The only natural strikers available for Bielsa are top scorer Kemar Roofe and Welsh youngster Tyler Roberts. Amid the striker worries, Leeds United have been linked with moves for several attackers, including Kasimpasa striker Mbaye Diagne – who The Whites chased in the summer – and Roma’s Ezequiel Ponce, one of Bielsa’s former players.
In the past few days, Leeds have also been linked with a possible move for Spanish winger Ibai Gomez of La Liga side Alaves, with the 28-year-old’s future remaining undecided.
However, while some Leeds fans think the squad needs to be bolstered in January to avoid worries regarding squad numbers continuing, manager Bielsa seems confident that he has enough players. He also insisted that it won’t be easy to bring in players.
Bielsa said at his press conference:
“It will be very hard to add new players but we will have 4 more players coming in January – Bamford, Brown, Ayling and Berardi.”
When asked if he thought he had enough players in his squad, the Argentine added:
“Yes. But it’s only my opinion. Because the club can have a different opinion.”