Phil Hay has stated that he expects Leeds United to have a quiet January transfer window, with the club’s only dealing likely to come if the Whites lose a couple of their loan players.
Leeds took Ben White, Jack Harrison, Helder Costa, Illan Meslier, Eddie Nketiah and Jack Clarke on loan during the summer, making good use of the temporary market to fill their squad.
Yet, the latter has not played in the Championship so far this season, whilst there are fears that Nketiah will be recalled due to his lack of game time; the Arsenal striker was due to get a run in the side until an abdominal injury ruled him out of the QPR clash earlier this month.
Yesterday, Hay took to The Athletic Q&A (17/11/2019) to discuss Leeds’ plans for the January transfer window, where he revealed: “A forward if Nketiah was to be recalled. Any possibly a replacement for Jack Clarke when he (surely) goes back to Spurs. But otherwise, I doubt they’ll do much.”
Patrick Bamford is leading the line for Leeds in Nketiah’s absence, with the 26-year-old breaking his goalscoring duck last time out to help Marcelo Bielsa’s side over the line against Blackburn Rovers.
The Whites are next in action on Saturday when they travel to Kenilworth Road to take on Luton Town.
This makes sense really ahead of January.
There’s little need for Leeds to do too much in the winter window, with Bielsa’s squad looking in good shape and sitting third in the Championship.
So far they’ve hardly seen anything of Nketiah, whilst Pablo Hernandez has missed large spells through injury – his influence will surely grow as he gets back to full fitness.
Only if loan players go back does it make sense for Leeds to be scrambling in a difficult market.
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