Marcelo Bielsa suggested recently that he does not expect Leeds to make any signings in the January transfer window.
Leeds are second in the championship, but many fans feel that the club need to bring in a few players given the amount of injuries they have had on several departments.
The Argentine feels that the academy youngsters can plug the many gaps in the senior squad. Bielsa feels that the players he wants – players that can add depth and quality to the side – would be too expensive.
However, there was some relief for the Leeds fans after The Mirror journalist David Anderson reported on Friday that Victor Orta has been working on a shortlist, despite Bielsa confusing the issue with his public announcement.
Leeds will sign a goalkeeper next month, despite Marcelo Bielsa confusing the issue at his press conference on Thursday. Am told director of football Victor Orta has been working on a shortlist and believes he can get the experienced keeper he wants.
— David Anderson (@MirrorAnderson) December 7, 2018
Leeds are certainly in need to bolster a few areas of the pitch, especially the goalkeeping position and the defence. The Whites need a proven back-up goalkeeper to Bailey Peacock-Farrell after Jamal Blackman broke his leg in an Under-23 game last month.
Some Leeds fans responded to Anderson’s tweet:
Tell him to get us a defender too please Davey x
— Daniel Kilburn (@BurnfaceRovers) December 7, 2018
Welcome to Leeds, Andy Lonergan.
— NM (@nmarshall0) December 7, 2018
Reckon Heaton is already tied up! ??
— Martin Kelly (@kels9lufc) December 7, 2018
Anderson said it ain’t Heaton anyway.
— Benjamin Thornton (@BenjaminTlufc) December 7, 2018
Victor knows best ???
— Richard Lang (@richardlang05) December 8, 2018
He’s not exactly going to come out and say we need players openly as 1) doesn’t do team morale any good. 2) if clubs know were in the hunt for certain positions then those will raise their valuations of those players. That is smart
— Martin Roan (@MartinRoan83) December 7, 2018
— Robert Whitby (@robtori76) December 7, 2018
We don’t need wingers. We have plenty
— Nick Phipps (@NickPhipps1974) December 7, 2018
Bielsa very smart. Orta already as his targets and deals. New Leeds . MOT
— Peter wilson (@peter_petewils) December 7, 2018