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Opinion: Leeds United playing risky game with Garry Monk

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Following Sunday’s shock FA Cup exit at the hands of Sutton United, Leeds United boss Garry Monk again spoke out about the need for new signings.

Monk confessed to the media after the defeat that his squad still needed improvements, but also said answers might be better off coming from the owners.

The ex-Swansea manager has stated all January he was looking to bring “one or two” signings in this window. Not only that, Monk stressed the importance of nobody leaving the club.

Following the expected departures of Luke Murphy and Toumani Diagouraga, there was a shock last week as academy product Alex Mowatt was sold the local rivals Barnsley.

As a deal of Mowatt seemed set to go through, it finally seemed like the lack of transfer activity was getting to Monk, as he told the Yorkshire Evening Post’s Lee Sobot:

“I can only assume that the players that the club have talked about will come through the door as soon as possible.”

Monk has never planned on spending big this transfer window and wanted to make very few adjustments to his current squad, just strengthening certain areas.

Sunday’s defeat to Sutton saw Leeds hand debuts to Paul McKay, Billy Whitehouse and Malik Wilks, amongst a weakened side- Stuart Dallas was the only remaining starter from Wednesday’s 2-0 victory over Nottingham Forest.

Regulars including Kyle Bartley, Pontus Jansson and Chris Wood did not travel with the squad, along with other key Whites’ players.

The performance and result against the non-league side showed the lack of depth Monk has at his disposal, along with the importance of the players missing.

With the current fringe players at Elland Road clearly not making the grade, injuries and suspensions to their key men could see Leeds fall short in the race for promotion.

Leeds are currently in their best league position for seven years and a push for promotion is on the cards for 2017- Leeds sit fourth in the Sky Bet Championship.

Monk has never asked for an open chequebook or planned on spending big money this window, he always planned to just tweak his squad slightly to give them the best shot at promotion.

One or two additions before the close of the transfer window could liven Leeds and their fans up, as many members of the supporters become increasingly frustrated with the owners.

Monk is doing a wonderful job at Leeds and deserves the support he wants in the January transfer window.

Failure to do this would not only damage the club in their quest for promotion this season, but also in future campaigns if Monk feels he isn’t getting the support he needs.

Leeds fans… Are you worried about the lack of transfer activity this January? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!


Alfie is a journalist based in Yorkshire with years of experience covering the EFL. A current focus on Huddersfield Town and their fortunes back in the Championship, but out and about at as many games as possible. Covered Leeds United during their promotion-winning season in 2019/20.

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