Phil Hay has been speaking on The Athletic’s Leeds United podcast about what could force the club to change their transfer policy in January.
Since Leeds have returned to the Premier League, they have struck up some great pieces of business, with the likes of Diego Llorente, Jack Harrison and Raphinha arriving for pretty sizeable fees – and the latter two especially have proven their ability in the final third.
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However, all of their signings have arrived during the summer transfer windows, with Marcelo Bielsa deciding against bringing anyone in last January – and it proved a smart decision as his squad comfortably avoided relegation, but if they’re facing the drop in the new year, they may be forced to delve into the transfer market.
Hay discussed how Leeds may need to change their transfer strategy on the latest edition of The Phil Hay Show.
“I think that’s when it potentially has to change – and if they are in trouble or if it isn’t going well, then they will need to seriously think about what they need to get themselves through to the end of the season.
“They can’t afford to take big risks by doing nothing in that window if they feel like they need to, so that would be the caveat to that.”
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Leeds have only managed to pick up one win in the Premier League this season but this victory has got their heads just above the relegation zone and if they fail to pick up more positive results and are lingering at the wrong end of the table in January, Bielsa may feel an injection of new blood and fresh faces could seriously help them.
It would not be a surprise to see Leeds start to quickly shoot up the table given their favourable run of upcoming fixtures which includes Norwich City, Southampton, Wolves and Leicester City with the former two yet to win this season in the Premier League and the Foxes and Leeds are in the bottom six for expected goals against (FBRef) in the league but Leicester aren’t launching many attempts on goal themselves with just 21, something that will please Leeds who have just one clean sheet in the league this season.