Andrea Radrizzani sent message by pundit over Leeds United transfers as Phil Hay update emerges
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Paul Robinson doesn’t believe Leeds United can repeat their “gamble” from the last January transfer window when they failed to make any senior signings.
Young forward Mateo Joseph was the only player to arrive in West Yorkshire last January even though Marcelo Bielsa was in desperate need of additions.
Bielsa ended up losing his job less than a month after the transfer window closed and Jesse Marsch was only just able to keep the Whites in the Premier League.
The Athletic’s Phil Hay reported on 26 December that Leeds face a dilemma ahead of January because they don’t usually like to invest in the squad midway through a season.
However, signing a new left-back and a new striker is a priority, meaning Leeds could dip their toes into the market.
Robinson hopes they do as he believes Marsch’s men are very much still in the Premier League’s relegation battle and need reinforcements in order to stay up.
“Leeds have been hugely lucky,” Robinson told MOT Leeds News.
“The last January transfer window was a huge gamble when there was talk of the 49ers takeover and Radrizzani selling the club.
“That still hasn’t happened in an official capacity – we still don’t know what’s going on.
“I think Radrizzani took a huge gamble last January by not investing more money. Whether he didn’t want to or didn’t have the money to invest with the takeover being imminent or with a view to a takeover at the end of the season. But it didn’t happen and they got lucky by staying up by the skin of their teeth.
“They can’t do it again. They’re in the Premier League at the moment but if it wasn’t for a couple of fantastic wins in one week, they wouldn’t be where they are.
“They can’t be lured into a false sense of security and should look at their points rather than their position. they’re still in touch with the bottom four or five so if it wasn’t for a great week against Liverpool and Bournemouth, they’d be in the bottom three.
“To have another window where they spend a minimal amount or just enough to scrape through, it would be disappointing.”
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