Leeds United must sign at least four players in the January transfer window to avoid relegation from the Premier League this season.
That’s according to the club’s former goalkeeper Paul Robinson, who says that another ‘keeper, a centre forward and two midfielders should be on the agenda for the Whites.
Following an excellent return to the top-flight last season, it has been a rather disappointing start to the campaign for Leeds.
Following their 2-1 defeat to Tottenham on Sunday afternoon, Marcelo Bielsa’s side currently 17th in the Premier League table, two points clear of the relegation zone, with 11 points to their name from 12 league games.
After the Tottenham game, Bielsa suggested that Leeds will only sign players who can improve their side, and that the cost of those players, combined with past investment, could have a say on whether they are able to do that.
However, it seems that Robinson believes the club will have to spend significantly in the January window, in order to avoid dropping back into the Championship.
Speaking about what Leeds need to do when the market reopens, the ex-England international told YouTube channel Stadium Astro: “They need an experienced goalkeeper as a back-up.
“They need cover for Kalvin Phillips, they need a defensive midfielder, a central midfielder and they need cover for Patrick Bamford. They have to go into the market in January and get that if they want to stay in the league this year.”
This is an interesting assessment from Robinson, and one you have to agree with in places.
Leeds were quieter than expected during the summer window, and that does seem to be costing them at times this season when combined with their injury problems.
That has particularly been the case in the absence of Patrick Bamford, so a centre forward should definitely be on the shopping list.
However, Adam Forshaw’s return alongside Kalvn Phillips means one midfielder rather than two might be enough, while an experienced goalkeeper may depend on whether Illan Meslier maintains his form and fitness over the next few weeks.