Marcelo Bielsa comments on recalling Leeds loan players in January
Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa remained coy about whether the club would look to recall any of their loaned out players in January.
The Whites are in the midst of an injury crisis, with seven players currently on the sidelines.
This has led to suggestions that some of those who are spending the season away from Elland Road could return to bolster the squad, most notably Leif Davis who is at Bournemouth.
When asked in today’s (16 December) press conference about the possibility of recalling players, Bielsa gave a typically cryptic answer.
“Every player that’s on loan that can be recovered and that they’ve manifested in these six months that have gone past, that their competitive level is similar to that of the players we possess at the moment,” he said.
“If all of that came to be, we would try to recover that player, but for that to happen with players who have gone out on loan, it’s because I understood and the club accompanied my idea, that the players we kept were in better conditions than the ones we loaned out to resolve our needs.
“So, what we have to verify is if there’s been an evolution in them outside the club, that allows us to see that proportion has changed.”
We should have expected nothing less from Bielsa when asked this question; he was never going to give too much away.
If Leeds are not keen on dipping into the transfer market in January, recalling loan players could certainly be a viable alternative for adding to their squad.
That said, there probably aren’t too many players currently out on loan that would give the Whites a significant boost and Bielsa hinted at this issue.
Left-back Davis is arguably an exception, given that Leeds are particularly struggling for options in defence.
The 21-year-old has made just eight league appearances for Bournemouth this season but has struggled with injuries on the south coast.
He has impressed whenever he has featured though and earned praise from his teammate and former Whites midfielder Lewis Cook following a 3-2 defeat to Derby in November.
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