There’s a very real problem at Leeds United and there has to be a big concern that it’s going to have a hugely negative impact on the January transfer window.
And owner Andrea Radrizzani can’t do anything about it.
The Leeds injury list just keeps growing. That means Leeds need to recruit in January to sustain a promotion push.
But money is limited and Victor Orta and Marcelo Bielsa will surely have to utilise loans to provide short-term cover.
However, with the club’s track record with players at the moment, big sides are going to think twice before letting any valuable assets head to Elland Road.
Marcelo Bielsa plays a high-tempo aggressive game and it’s great to watch, but maybe less great to play.
These are the players that have been injured under Bilesa’s reign:
Stuart Dallas (twice now after the latest blow was revealed), Pontus Jansson, Liam Cooper (also twice after the latest injury blow has left him facing an uncertain amount of time on the sidelines), Pablo Hernandez (missed seven games), Jamie Shackleton, Gaetano Berardi (speculative February return) and Kemar Roofe (six games missed).
Take a breath because we’re nowhere near finished yet…
Patrick Bamford (missed 14 games so far), Conor Shaughnessy, Barry Douglas (missed four games), Jack Harrison, Luke Ayling (five games missed so far and out until January), Tom Pearce, Jamal Blackman and Bailey Peacock-Farrell.
That’s an extraordinarily long list and while you could say that a lot of the injuries are impact, it still paints a pretty damning picture of players’ health under Bielsa.
If you were a big club, would you want your player to go to Leeds or somewhere where injuries don’t seem to hit so much?
Hopefully we’re reading too much into this but just say that Man City were thinking of letting Phil Foden out for the second-half of the season. That’s really unlikely, but we can’t see Guardiola risking him at a club where half the players have suffered from injuries in the first-half of the season.
There’s no obvious solution to this and we hope it doesn’t have a big impact when the January transfer window opens.