The January transfer window could be pivotal for Leeds United.
It’s been an excellent start to the season for Marcelo Bielsa’s side who currently sit in second place in the Championship table with 40 points from 19 games.
While they’re two points behind West Brom in first, they’re also five ahead of third place Fulham meaning that they have a bit of daylight between themselves and chasing pack in the play-offs.
Of course things can change incredibly quickly in the Championship and so it’s crucial that Leeds don’t get complacent as we’ve seen just how stern the opposition can be in this division.
The transfer market reopens next months and this is often a key time in the season as clubs can fine tune their squads so that it’s ready for the promotion push.
One concern that Leeds United face ensuring that those around them don’t catch them up in terms of personnel.
Leeds are keen to avoid strengthening the squad unnecessarily, with reports suggesting that the Whites will only enter the transfer market if Arsenal recall Eddie Nketiah from his loan deal.
Here are the key reasons why Leeds must reconsider this approach and strengthen further in January.
The potential for injuries
The Championship is a long, gruelling season.
We’ve seen previously how quickly things can turn on their heads and that’s often due to injuries kicking in due to the hectic run of fixtures – particularly during the winter schedule.
Strength and depth is something that Marcelo Bielsa will need over the course of the season, as if injuries strike then he could be caught out.
Rivals closing the gap
Challenging for promotion isn’t just about Leeds United as there’s plenty of fierce competition to go up.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side might have the advantage at present but if those around them in the table strengthen their squad and Leeds don’t then it’s entirely possible that their rivals could catch them in the league.
Leeds are in the position of power at present and so they should do everything that they can to keep it that way.
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There’s always room to improve
There’s no doubting that Leeds United have been outstanding this term, but they haven’t been perfect.
Any club that thinks that they can’t be improved is in the wrong game as there’s always an opportunity to strengthen your squad – whether it be with quality or quantity.
Marcelo Bielsa is a smart man and he certainly won’t pass up an opportunity to strengthen his squad if one arises.