By Joe Ellis

25th Jan, 2022 | 8:38pm

Leeds United transfer stance as big investment required for new signing

Leeds United may have hit a stumbling block in their January transfer plans as the club’s CEO Angus Kinnear reveals an eight-figure investment is necessary.

Kinnear used his pre-match notes in the programme for last weekend’s game against Newcastle to hail the progress of the club’s Under-23 stars and said that big investment was needed to get someone better than those kids.

It was an odd thing to write publicly but Kinnear has full belief in the youth setup at Elland Road to produce Premier League quality players.

“Our analysis indicates that many January options, requiring an eight-figure investment, would not be a material improvement on the current performances of emerging players such as Bate, Hjelde and Joe Gelhardt,” he said, as quoted by Leeds Live.

“Moreover, signing other options would block such youngsters’ development and would offer nowhere near the long-term potential.”

Have faith

Leeds United aren’t going to reach the heights of the Champions League, or any European football for that matter, by doing the same thing as everyone else.

To put it simply, the competition have been splashing the cash for far longer and right now, the Whites don’t have the dough to compete with more established Premier League sides.

Instead, they should be embracing the youth that has come in and done a job when needed even more than they already are and invest in making this crop of youngsters the club’s best.

Hjelde, Bate and Gelhardt are just three of the teenage debutants this season and they have all shown Premier League quality at a young age.

Fans tend to have more patience when it comes to one of their own so Marcelo Bielsa could get away with playing these teenagers more often once Leeds are safe from any relegation threat.

In other Leeds United news, pundits have been discussing the chances of this international star heading to Yorkshire.