Leeds United are reportedly keen to fill both openings in their squad for loan players in the January window, having signed three in the summer.
Coming down from the Premier League meant that Leeds had to curb their expectations on who was possible to sign in the Championship, but loans are always a viable option for second-tier clubs to source top-tier quality.
In the arrivals of Joe Rodon, Djed Spence, and Jaidon Anthony, Leeds have done just that in three vital areas, and plan for more.
What’s the latest on Leeds’ transfers?
Leeds have two slots left that they are capable of filling in their squad for loan signings, and Football Insider are claiming that the club are keen on utilising that.
Each Championship club is allowed a maximum of five loan players in their matchday squad, with four permitted from one specific club over the course of a season.
It is said that Leeds are looking at players who are currently struggling for game time in the Premier League as things stand.
What about permanent signings?
The report also points out that Leeds are in a strong position to be able to make permanent approaches for players too in the new year:
“A well-placed source has also told Football Insider that Leeds will have a decent budget to make other permanent signings if required.”
According to Transfermarkt, Leeds’ net spend from the summer window was around £3.53million, following a handful of big-money arrivals being balanced out by loan fees, as well as Tyler Adams’ and Rodrigo’s exits.
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Middlesbrough are perhaps the best example of how to use the loan market, as they did last January with the signings of Aaron Ramsey and Cameron Archer from Aston Villa.
They nearly got promoted largely off the back of how good those two players were, and that sort of boost would be massive for us.
You’d imagine that the club are already working hard to keep tabs of players that could be worth Leeds signing in the new year.