By Mark Smith

13th Nov, 2021 | 7:00am

Graham Smyth: Enormous risk not to sign midfielder in January for Leeds

Graham Smyth has insisted that Leeds United simply have to make a move for a new midfielder in the January window.

The Whites welcomed back Adam Forshaw against Leicester City, but injuries have led to a nightmare selection far too many times.

Smyth admitted that the money could be found at Elland Road and that it would be an “enormous” risk not to bring a fresh face in.

Speaking in a live Q&A for the Yorkshire Evening Post this afternoon, Smyth mooted a big mistake could happen.

“I think it would be an enormous risk to decide not to strengthen if it’s possible in January,” he said.

“If there was a midfielder available, that you could bring in in January, and we know all the arguments as to why January signings haven’t traditionally been a big thing for Leeds.

“If you want to retain Premier League status, it’s not that you’re gambling, but if you had £25million to throw at dan James, if midfield is a priority then money can be found.”

Do it.

Ask any Leeds fan surrounding Elland Road and they would all welcome a move for a new midfielder in January.

The return of Forshaw was obviously brilliant news, but is reliability something he can guarantee every single week? On top of that, his contract expires at the end of this season.

Add to that the struggles of Stuart Dallas and Mateusz Klich for consistency, and Marcelo Bielsa has a real problem on his hands.

Lewis O’Brien at Huddersfield is the clear target and name that will continue to appear, and he could be available cheaper.

Despite signing a new deal, it has been reported that the midfield maestro could be available for only £10million.

In other Leeds United news, Paul Merson has dropped a huge transfer claim on one Whites star with an imminent exit on the cards