As the clamour remains for Leeds United to a sign a striker, the club don’t seem intent on breaking their transfer record to make it happen.
Leeds have used their incoming cash very well to improve the overall quality of their side, but most fans would argue that their business is not complete yet.
A striker would be the first port of call for the majority in the final days of the transfer window, knowing that this extra depth would go a long way.
However, the hunt for a new signing has gone quiet ever since he opted for the move to AC Milan, suggesting Leeds are happy to sit tight where the forward search is concerned.
Will Leeds sign a forward before the deadline?
Rodrigo’s ineffective display against Brighton, as well as Patrick Bamford’s inability to stay fit in the last 12 months, make it an absolute must for fans, but the decision-makers at Elland Road don’t see it totally that way.
Phil Hay has now shed some light on the club’s stance around signing a new forward, outlining it is not as much of a priority as fans would hope to bring in someone of marquee status, like De Ketelaere would have been.
Speaking on The Phil Hay Show podcast, he stated:
“The appetite to spend £33million is unlikely to be there.
“I don’t think it has to be £33million but any striker will do.
“People seem to think that De Ketelaere is heading for big things and headed for a really high level.
“I don’t think there’s much expectation that Leeds would do something like that at this stage. It’s more about numbers and it’s more about good and competent padding up front.”
Get a striker through the doors.
It couldn’t be more clear that we need at least one signing before the end of the window, and we’re in real threat of not having enough time to make it happen now.
While Rodrigo’s start to the season shows he has a lot to offer, he will have troughs in form and Bamford simply cannot be someone to rely on now.
Signing someone with the quality to come into the Premier League right away would be massive for our consistency heading into the rest of the season.
It doesn’t have to break Leeds’ transfer record (£27million), but sourcing someone who can compete for a starting spot and fit the mould is vital.