By Jonty Banks

19th Dec, 2022 | 4:10pm

Leeds United transfer activity likely if first-team duo leave Elland Road in January

Leeds United will likely dip into the January transfer market to replace first-team duo Cody Drameh and Mateusz Klich if they decide to leave the club, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post.

Klich, 32, has been heavily linked with a move to MLS side D.C. United in the new year and is said to be excited at the opportunity to play under Wayne Rooney. [MLS Soccer]

Right-back Drameh, meanwhile, is subject to plenty of Premier League interest after failing to break into Jesse Marsch’s first team this season, with a lucrative January move away from Elland Road on the cards. [Leeds Live]

But with Leeds currently perched just two points above the relegation zone ahead of their Premier League return against Manchester City, Marsch can’t afford to lose many first-team regulars.

According to the Yorkshire Evening Post, the Whites will provide the American manager with the necessary replacements for any outgoings in January.

The report said: “There is also reason to believe Leeds may lose as many as two first-team players in the next month: Cody Drameh and Mateusz Klich have attracted interest at home and abroad, and with a combined one Premier League start between them this season, neither are integral to Marsch’s plans.

“That said, Leeds’ Achilles’ heel last season was their lack of squad depth, which very nearly contributed to the club’s premature and untimely relegation back to the second tier.

“With the same personnel in charge of squad building and player sales, the club are unlikely to leave Marsch with a lacklustre contingent heading into the second half of the season, if Klich, Drameh or both are moved on.”

Replacements needed

With Leeds precariously placed above the relegation zone and still remaining an inconsistent side this season, squad depth will certainly be vital in the coming months.

Despite neither Klich nor Drameh playing regularly in the first team this season, they would be the next cab off the rank if the Whites were to fall foul to a string of injuries.

In both cases, it is fair that they want to be playing regularly – with the right-back wanting to kickstart his career and Klich trying to halt the decline of his own.

But Marsch will need replacements. A new centre-forward is a necessity in January, while a left-back should be at the top of the club’s Christmas wish list, as Pascal Struijk really isn’t suited to life on the left flank.

Leeds’ January transfer window will probably go a long way to deciding their fate this season, and if they bring the correct personnel in, a top-half finish is by no means out of the equation.

In other Leeds news, an attacker linked with a move to Elland Road claims that he could leave his Champions League club in January.