By Adefunmiloye Alani

26th Jul, 2021 | 1:30pm

David Norris: Leeds United need more quality in depth

David Norris believes Leeds United need to make quality squad additions in key positions this summer in order not to struggle for depth next season.

The Elland Road outfit finished their first season back in the Premier League since 2004 in ninth place and will be keen to break into the top-six next season.

Leeds have signed Jack Harrison permanently from Manchester City and brought in Spanish left-back Junior Firpo from Barcelona so far this summer, but their former captain wants them to do more.

Norris told Football Fan Cast: “It was a dangerous front three or four whenever they played, so they are probably going to need some back-up there or some support.

“Get two or three of them out or Kalvin Phillips out then it’s a different team and you might be struggling a little bit.

“I don’t think there are any positions for me that are desperately needing attention, I think they just need a little bit more quality in depth.”

Much-needed depth

Phillips missed nine Premier League games last season, and it is no coincidence that we lost seven out of them.

With him or a quality midfielder capable of covering for him, Leeds would have minimised those defeats, and it is why head coach Marcelo Bielsa has made signing a centre-mid a priority this summer.

None has arrived despite the best efforts of director of football Victor Orta, and that needs to be quickly sorted out with the beginning of the 2021-22 Premier League campaign less than three weeks away.

Another number 9 could do us a world of good, while an attacking midfielder is also on Bielsa’s radar.

Fierce competition for playing chances in attack and midfield would make our players better and improve the squad’s chances of strongly challenging for the European spots.

While bargain signings are being sought after, Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani may have to bring out the chequebook for one or two marquee additions to be made.

Splashing the cash and getting signings right continue to differentiate the title challengers from the rest of the mid-table teams and those struggling, and we have got to be smart on both fronts this summer.

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