Rating Leeds United’s January transfer window review probably goes along the lines of ‘decent, but could have been better.’
Going into the window at the start of last month, the Whites were in the mix for the play-offs but results were starting to just slip a bit, something that didn’t really improve over the month.
Inconsistency seems to be the buzzword with the Whites at the moment, then, and their window delivered similar mixed results.
Whilst a left-back and a new midfielder arrived – addressing two weak spots – the club did not manage to sign a proven Championship striker, with Tyler Roberts coming in instead as a new front-man.
With that in mind, then, I caught up with former Brighton star and EFL pundit Adam Virgo to take stock of Leeds’ missing out in terms of an experienced forward…
“I think it’s an area that they needed to improve.
“I like Lasogga but you need a plan B as well. Grot’s coming off the bench instead of starting and you look at Leeds and they are desperate to try and find that striker – I know Chris Martin was mentioned, Cameron Jerome they could have gone for too.
“I find that the striker position is the hardest position to fill, you just never know who’s going to perform and do what – especially in the Championship – so maybe that was part of it.
“It’s a big ask for Lasogga now, I know Roofe has been playing off the front in recent games, but for Leeds to push into the play-offs a striker was needed and I think it will probably cost them.
“Fulham are on too good a run of form, Sheffield United might get a second wind, Brentford are always a team to watch with the way they play so yeah I think it’s a big loss for Leeds.
“Whether they just couldn’t manage to find the right striker could be it. What I find with January – especially with strikers – is that the selling clubs can take the mick a bit because they know clubs need players and they sometimes ask for a little bit more.
“The top six is a big ask for them to do and they’ve had injuries defensively but in that final third they needed a plan B and they haven’t managed to do that so it’s a shame for them.
“I think they’ll do well to make the play-offs.”