Phil Hay has been speaking about how he isn’t convinced that a new left-back and striker will arrive at Leeds United this summer.
It appeared that heading into the main part of this transfer window Leeds would be required to dip into the market for a new striker and left-back given the pre-season injury to Junior Firpo and also Patrick Bamford’s poor record of staying fit last season.
However, they appear to have gone in the opposite direction and actually weakened Jesse Marsch’s options having sold Leif Davis to Ipswich Town, a natural, left back and that in turn saw Pascal Struijk play in that position against Wolves last weekend.
Hay was asked on The Phil Hay Show if Leeds would be signing a new left-back this summer and also touched on a potential striker signing.
(2:25) “No, and I don’t think I’d stick my neck out and say they’re signing a striker either at this stage, I will come on to that, it’s not out of the question I don’t think, but it is quite equivocal as it seems to have been for a couple of weeks now certainly since it became clear that De Ketelaere wasn’t coming in, strangely calm though.”
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This claim from Hay may come as a huge shock and worry to some Leeds fans because as it stands they have no fit and able players that can naturally slot in at left-back, and while Struijk managed a 7.19 WhoScored rating against Wolves, he is a natural centre back and may come unstuck against better attackers.
Leeds are still being linked with moves for attacking players such as Che Adams, who didn’t start for Southampton last weekend, and would arrive with Premier League experience and the ability to play in several positions which would likely aid Marsch knowing he has another option in multiple areas across the front line.
However, he certainly wouldn’t arrive as a prolific goalscorer being able to boast a record of just 20 league goals in 96 appearances for the Saints, so the fee would have to be right for someone that appears to still b finding his feet in the Premier League.