Journalist Phil Hay has revealed that Leeds United may be content in not signing any more players this summer – even a new striker – if they cannot find what they are looking for.
If it wasn’t already obvious that Leeds could have done with another striker this summer, the events of last weekend have certainly highlighted the need for one, with Patrick Bamford and Joe Gelhardt having picked up injuries recently.
Bamford was forced off before the half-hour mark on Saturday against Southampton, while Gelhardt didn’t even make the bench due to a dead leg – something that Hay believes (6:05) could keep him out until after the Chelsea game next weekend.
Despite these two niggles, Hay has stated on the latest episode of The Phil Hay Show that Leeds could well be content with their squad as it is.
He said: “A couple of weeks to go and everything’s going to be focused on a striker from the point of view of people on the outside of the club.
“The message has definitely changed, there’s no doubt about that.
“They’ve gone from indicating that a forward would definitely come in – and I think primarily because of the chase for De Ketelaere and the decision that they would absolutely commit to that if he was willing to come – to a position where you are almost getting the impression that if they couldn’t find what they wanted, or if they were content with the squad as it was, then they would almost be happy to exit this window without adding another player.
Will Leeds sign a new striker?
“I think that line is going to be more difficult to push and more difficult to sell after what went on at the weekend.”
TIF Thoughts on Leeds’ striker situation…
It would surely not go down very well at Elland Road if Leeds were to settle with their options of Bamford – who clearly isn’t over his injury problems of last season – and a 20-year-old Gelhardt with just five Premier League starts to his name.
However, surely bringing in someone who knows the league well would be better than settling for nobody new, as all it takes is one long-term injury to Bamford and they’re back to square one just like last season, which did them no good.