By Mark Smith

8th Jan, 2022 | 12:30pm

Leeds will look to sign midfielder in January, would not start instantly - Graham Smyth

Graham Smyth has reported that Leeds United are still “expected” to sign a new midfielder in January, despite a quiet start to the month.

The Yorkshire Evening Post journalist has reported that any new signing would be very unlikely to jump straight into the starting XI.

It is expected that the midfielder would be cover for Kalvin Phillips during his injury, although Adam Forshaw and Mateusz Klich are backed to keep their spots at first regardless.

Speaking in a transfer update video for The Yorkshire Evening Post, Smyth shared what he expected in the next three weeks.

“As for the first-team, it is expected that Leeds United will try and do something about the midfield situation this month,” he said.

“It wouldn’t be a surprise if they brought in a player who could cover for Kalvin Phillips, provide competition for him. If they could find someone who could do that and play going forward in the number right role, that would be advantageous.

“Very few players would be able to come straight into the squad in the way Raphinha did, you would think anyone coming in would have to try and overcome [Adam] Forshaw and [Mateusz] Klich in midfield.”

No surprise.

Marcelo Bielsa is a strict man in his methods, and it would take a desperate situation for him to throw a new signing straight into his squad in January.

That could be deemed frustrating by many watching, but it si exactly how he works and none of us would expect anything different.

Even with no senior midfield options on the bench, Bielsa would rather trust those he already has at the club initially, despite how well they’re playing.

Klich did shine against Burnley but has ultimately struggled all season in the Premier League, something a new signing doesn’t look likely to change.

Raphinha started on the bench for his first few games last season, before bursting onto the scene, why should we expect any difference here?

In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay has shared if the Whites are close to early signings in the January window