Leeds United 'deliberately' left loan spots open ahead of January transfer window
Angus Kinnear has admitted that Leeds United “deliberately” left two loan spots in their squad available this summer in preparation for the January transfer window, as shared by the Yorkshire Evening Post.
The newspaper shared on its website on Wednesday (11 October) that the minutes from the last meeting between Kinnear and the supporters’ advisory board had been released, with the Whites’ CEO revealing they had chosen to give themselves the chance to add to their squad in January.
Each Championship club is allowed to make five temporary additions to their squad, with Leeds already signing Djed Spence, Joe Rodon and Jaidon Anthony, Kinnear suggested that Daniel Farke’s side are more likely to add to their squad with loans in January rather than permanent signings.
The minutes from Kinnear read: “Discussion about funds, if needed in January, due to injury, will be available. The greater value in January will be from the loan market, [the club] have deliberately kept two loan spots free.”
Leeds spent heavily during the summer transfer window and while much of that incoming business was funded by the sheer number of players who departed Elland Road across the transfer window, the Whites were never likely to repeat that sort of output in January.
The midseason transfer window is always a notoriously difficult period for clubs to operate in as typically clubs’ are reluctant to sell their better players as they don’t want to harm their own chances of success during the second part of the campaign.
However, the loan market can occasionally be at its most valuable, with players at Premier League clubs willing to leave their side for six months and drop into the Championship in search of regular game time. These sorts of deals cannot be carried out typically during the summer transfer window.
Leeds United will be hoping they don’t have to spend too much more money to sign a big name to cover a player in the event of a long-term injury as suggested by Kinnear, but it is positive that they are financially able to do so, should it be required.
It will be interesting to see where Farke believes his side needs strengthening when the January transfer window rolls around as currently, the Whites look in pretty good shape across the pitch with plenty of competition for places.
Maybe he might finally find a definite solution for the consistent Leeds left-back struggle.
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