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Leeds United backed to rectify major flaw in January transfer window

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Leeds United could be forced into January transfers after the new year as their reliance on key players remains concerning.

Marcelo Bielsa’s tight ship when it comes to numbers may be coming back to haunt him this season thanks to a host of setbacks.

There are a number of regulars that have faced spells on the sidelines and the issue is that there are very few backups that can replicate the form of these stars.

Leeds looked very good for 45 minutes against Spurs with a second-string attack fielded thanks to Raphinha, Rodrigo, and Patrick Bamford being absent.

While Joe Gelhardt was a big threat, the Whites lacked a potency we saw all the way through last term against every team we faced.

It does serve as a reminder that perhaps Bielsa could do with extra recruitment in the January window to help soften the potential blow of losing one of these starters.

It’s a view that is shared by pundit Kevin Campbell, who believes Leeds ought to act in 2022 to ensure Bielsa has a host of options to choose from.

Speaking to Football Insider, Campbell stated:

“They lacked cutting edge against Spurs.

“They lacked a Bamford and a Raphinha. There is not that quality at the top end of the pitch when those two are missing. They are responsible for the lion share of Leeds’ goals.

“They’re both top players. They can take the game away from teams. Spurs would have been in trouble if those two were playing, I can assure you. 

“I think they will go into the transfer window because they are too reliant on Bamford and Raphinha. The priority will be getting those boys back though.”

I think we have to be careful with what we wish for when it comes to January signings.

If we rush into deals as we have done prior, we could be stuck with a player who is no better than what we have or isn’t fit enough to be involved.

The club will know of their past mistakes in that regard, and I’m sure they won’t force themselves to make signings that seem unnecessary.

That being said, I think it is pertinent that we do dip into the market just to fill gaps we clearly have in the squad, whether that be up front (behind Bamford) or in midfield where we’re also light.

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