Leeds United boss Brian McDermott insists success in the Championship this season will not be dependent on spending money during the summer transfer window. 

McDermott, 52, has made just one signing this summer brining in former Crewe Alexandra captain Luke Murphy for £1million - the first for United since 2005. 

The former Reading manager has admitted there is a need to balance the books at Elland Road but is hopefully of brining in further recruits. 

"It's the story of my life having no money," said McDermott ahead of tonight's Capital One Cup tie at home to Chesterfield.

"At Reading we had to sell big players so something you have to work hard, dig deep, go together as a group. It's amazing what you can achieve when you do that," he added.

The capture of highly rated Murphy paid off in the first match of the Sky Bet Championship as he bagged himself a dramatic last-minute debut goal to earn Leeds a 2-1 victory over Brighton. 

The 23-year-old will have a huge reputation riding on his shoulders, as he becomes the latest graduate from Crewe's academy and to progress up the leagues. 

The likes of David Platt, Danny Murphy, Neil Lennon, Dean Aston, Robbie Savage and Nick Powell were a few of players to come through the Crewe ranks. 

Murphy said: "I am aware of the reputation Crewe have for bringing players through, and sending them on to better things, and I am very mindful of keeping that going." 

Leeds will be seeking back-to-back Championship victories on Sunday when they visit the home of Leicester City but will turn their attentions to tonight’s Capital One Cup tie against Chesterfield.

 

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