By Dan Carter

19th Nov, 2023 | 5:10pm

Leeds United transfer news as loan additions mooted in January - Graham Smyth

Graham Smyth has said that should Leeds United look to add to their squad in the January transfer window, it will more than likely be with loan additions.

The Whites have started the Championship season excellently and currently sit third in the table during the November international break after a successful summer of recruitment under the management of Daniel Farke and the ownership of the 49ers.

Leeds don’t have a position in their side in which they are desperately crying out for reinforcements and having spent heavily during the summer, Smyth believes that it would take injuries or a high-profile departure for the Whites to make a big signing in January.

Writing for the Yorkshire Evening Post (19 November) he said: “If Leeds are to act in January then it feels likely to be in a temporary capacity.

“They have loan spots available and it would be no surprise if Grétar Steinsson and Nick Hammond had been working on identifying potential additions to be brought in from leagues at a higher level.

“Injuries could of course dictate between now and then, and there is always the potential for a spectre at the feast in the form of a sudden and difficult-to-avoid outgoing transfer situation.

“But the beauty of this season and how it is unfolding after some sensible summer signings and the credible work of Farke is that the needs do not present themselves as matters of urgency.”

Going too well

As Smyth said, this has been a strange season to be a Leeds United supporter as things are going far too well in the Championship. The goals are flowing, the defence is keeping plenty of clean sheets and nearly every player is performing to the standard they’ve shown they are capable of.

The Whites aren’t desperately crying out for reinforcement in any particular area of the pitch. Another number 10 would be nice, but where would Joel Piroe fit in as he is unlikely to displace Georginio Rutter as Farke’s main striker through the middle?

Another left-back may be a priority, given the injury struggles faced by both Sam Byram and Junior Firpo, however, when the pair are fit they are more than capable of providing the quality needed to be a competitive force at the top of the Championship.

A couple of loan additions from Premier League sides may just provide the small boost the Whites need to kick on and make up the ground to Leicester City and Ipswich Town at the top of the table. It can often only take one or two special additions to make a difference in the second half of the campaign

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