There will be many eyes on Victor Orta and his work in the transfer market at Leeds United should they earn promotion to the Premier League this season.

This season has proved that Marcelo Bielsa likes to work with a thin squad, and that has left him weak in certain areas of the side.

The heart of defence and midfield could have been a big problem, and at one point, Patrick Bamford was the only fit striker at the club for weeks.

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So, that may need to change when the challenge heightens in the Premier League, and Leeds Live journalist Beren Cross made a few suggestions on Tuesday.

Cross claimed that the midfield may not need any new faces, with Adam Forshaw coming back into the mix to prove himself.

That may be a costly error to make, with the 28-year-old coming off major surgery and no football in nearly a year – immediate Premier League football on his return could see him found out.

On top of that, depth is an issue. If someone such as Mateusz Klich had picked up an injury at any point this season, Bielsa could have found himself in serious trouble with Kalvin Phillips, Pablo Hernandez and Jamie Shackleton all having spells on the sideline as well.

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Cross’ predicted squad for next season relies heavily on Forshaw, and although we also believe he has capabilities for that – it seems a massive risk to take.

Forshaw hasn’t featured since September for the Whites, and if that happens again, Leeds could be left with only Phillips, Shackleton and Klich as recognised central midfielders.

The 28-year-old was an integral part of Bielsa’s plans before the injury, bombing forward and causing real problems for opposing defences, and while this isn’t saying he won’t be an asset in the Premier League, it would be a risk not to strengthen the midfield if possible.

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