Angus Kinnear has played down the prospect of Leeds United making signings this January, citing how ‘eight-figure’ additions may not be an improvement on their emerging U23s.
Leeds are still waiting for a breakthrough in the January transfer window, with a pursuit of Brenden Aaronson yet to come to fruition.
A loss to Newcastle United in the Premier League has heightened the thirst for signings amongst supporters, but Kinnear has stated Leeds’ boardroom stance.
As quoted by David Anderson at the Mirror, Kinnear noted how even an eight-figure investment this month might not improve the performance levels Lewis Bate, Leo Hjelde and Joe Gelhardt are giving the senior side.
“Many January options requiring an eight-figure investment would not be a material improvement on the current performances of emerging players such as Bate, Hjelde and Gelhardt.”
Aaronson is known to be on Leeds’ radar, with reports last week revealing that a £15m bid for the 21-year-old had been rejected by RB Salzburg.
Leeds’ squad is currently stretched due to a series of injuries to the likes of Patrick Bamford, Liam Cooper and Patrick Bamford, with the bench yesterday against Newcastle containing a number of U23s, including the aforementioned trio.
It’s difficult to agree with what Kinnear is saying here.
Leeds, quite clearly, are short of bodies and quality, which would be helped by an ‘eight-figure’ addition like Aaronson.
Marcelo Bielsa is working wonders with the squad at the moment, but asking him to pull a rabbit out of the hat week after week is unfair. The club have to give him the resources to be successful.
He would never call them out on that, it isn’t his style, but supporters can see that the squad needs further investment.
It’s hard to see many agreeing with what’s been said here.