Leeds United January transfer plans revealed by Phil Hay


Leeds United are looking good this season.

After spending almost two decades outside of the top flight they're now back and clearly have a point to prove.

The Whites won the Championship by 10 points last term but the feeling was that they might struggle to pick up points this time around.

It turns out that theory was false.

This season Leeds have already won three of their seven games in the Premier League.

That has left them sitting comfortably in mid-table, with the feeling being that there's plenty more wins likely to come their way.

A huge part of their success has been their summer transfer business.

Deals to bring in the likes of Robin Koch, Diego Llorente, Rodrigo and Raphinha certainly improved the level of quality in Marcelo Bielsa's squad - something that they may look to strengthen further in January.


However according to reporter Phil Hay, this is not something that Leeds are likely to do.

Speaking on The Athletic's Phil Hay Show, he said: “The feeling in the club and in the recruitment department is generally that they would like to do as little business as they can in January.

“Firstly, because you don’t tend to get huge amounts of value at that time, you tend to have to overpay.

“And secondly, to use [Jean-Kevin] Augustin as an example, it can be very difficult to find players who can come in and make any immediate impression under Bielsa because of the levels he expects them to reach when it comes to fitness and conditioning.

“They feel like it’s almost a bit of a waste of time, the January window.”


GIVEMESPORT'S Phil Spencer says...

Leeds United won't be under any pressure to strengthen in January.

Phil Hay makes an excellent point about the mid-season window in that clubs very rarely get decent value for money on new signings.

Last year proved that for the Whites.

As things stand, it seems that Marcelo Bielsa's side will be in for a relatively comfortable season.

The only way that I can see Leeds entering the January market is if a serious injury strikes, meaning that they then look vulnerable.

If not, it would take a deal that offers real value to tempt them into a move - something that I can't see happening.

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