By Mark Smith

20th Jan, 2020 | 9:41am

Journalist shares why Leeds could be 'holding fire' in January transfer window

Leeds United haven’t completed one deal as of yet in the January window and fans are starting to ask questions of Andrea Radrizzani.

With the financial fair play rules creeping up on numerous Championship clubs, Leeds are having to be smarter with their money.

Things on the pitch haven’t been going very well, with only one win in their previous seven. Victor Orta was even spotted with his head in his hands at Queens Park Rangers, so what could be stopping him from bringing in fresh faces?

Leeds Live journalist Dean Rudge has suggested that the growing wage bill at Elland Road could be the reason for the lack of activity.

“Still, there appears to be more beneath the surface,” he wrote.

“Wages may be of real consideration, with the club spending close to 80% of income on wages in 2017/18.

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“What will this figure be in 2018/19? Is this the reason the club are holding fire?”

Marcelo Bielsa admittedly prefers a smaller squad, but the players available to him against Queens Park Rangers proved he needs more options.

There were six academy players on the bench, with Ezgjan Alioski the only senior option to come on at Loftus Road. That change was made at half-time and Bielsa brought on Jordan Stevens in the final five minutes.

Players such as Gaetano Berardi, Tyler Roberts, and Adam Forshaw were all missing, and if that continues it is clear that Leeds need to spend some money or bring some loan singings through the door.

Fans might be getting frustrated, but, the only people that know how much money Leeds can spend is the club itself.

It’s been reported that they can’t afford a loan move for Andre Gray that would demand they paid his wages of £80k-a-week for the rest of the season.

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