Leeds United fans have been reacting to comments that have emerged about their transfer policy from former footballer Kevin Phillips.
According to a recent claim by Phil Hay in The Athletic, Leeds’ strategy of not spending big in the January transfer window is set to be tested this time around, given the current state of the team and their health.
Whilst in a more recent article, he outlined just how many of the team are currently missing, noting that through both illness and injury, “Leeds lacked the necessary quota of bodies set by the Premier League… to fulfil their trip to Anfield and the situation has not improved in time for the clash with Villa to go ahead.”
The situation further demonstrates the flaws in Marcelo Bielsa’s belief of carrying a small squad of players, and speaking in an interview with Football Insider, Phillips discussed how the club have dealt with the situation, slamming them for not spending to have sufficient backup for some of their key players.
He said: “When you look at Leeds, I think there is a lot of naivety. The squad is simply not big enough. They have not got backup in pivotal areas and everyone can see it and everyone has been saying it. They don’t have any backup for [Patrick] Bamford or [Kalvin] Phillips, really.
“To invest heavily in year one and not in year two is a strange plan. You have to keep investing to survive in the Premier League. Everyone else is getting better and strong.”
These comments were picked up by Leeds Live and relayed to the Leeds United Live Facebook page for fans to react to, where it generated some interesting comments, with many against Bielsa and his methods:
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Bielsa has certainly developed a great relationship with the fans over the years, but perhaps the situation that they are in now has started to pull a few of them apart from the Argentinian.