By Pranav Shahaney

23rd Jan, 2022 | 10:49am

Angus Kinnear issues Leeds United eight-figure transfer update

Angus Kinnear claims that Leeds United would rather invest in a youngster with a high ceiling than shell out eight figures on a proven senior player.

The Whites made just three first-team signings in the summer, one of which was backup goalkeeper Kristoffer Klaesson.

They have been linked with a number of midfielders thus far in the January transfer window, but have not come close to sealing a deal for any of them.

Via the Mirror’s David Anderson, Kinnear said, “Leeds’ CEO Angus Kinnear says they would rather invest in youth than ‘eight-figure’ buys. ‘Many January options requiring an eight-figure investment would not be a material improvement on the current performances of emerging players such as Bate, Hjelde and Gelhardt’.”

Not good enough

Signing young players is one thing, but not investing in the senior team another.

Leeds currently have an array of quality young players but only a few that are ready for the first team.

Due to the number of injuries in the squad, Marcelo Bielsa has been forced to deploy them.

However, if he had plenty of options in depth, he would not have to turn to the academy so frequently.

If Leeds are to finish in the top half this season, the least they need is a quality central midfield and that’ll require the club to shell out an eight-figure fee this month.

There are only days left before the window shuts so it’s important that the club get their act together and sign someone quickly.

In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay issues major January update amid recent development that would excite the Elland Road faithful.