Leeds United had a quiet January transfer window but fans can look forward to another busy summer after spending heavily following promotion from the Championship. 

Athletic journalist Phil Hay has said that Leeds have money to spend and that he’s expecting a similar outlay to the £100m that the club splashed out on players like Rodrigo and Raphinha last summer.

Talking on the Phil Hay Show podcast Hay also said that he was expecting Marcelo Bielsa to stay and continue his long-term project.

“Having got out of the Championship which was aim one, to come into the Premier League and see the team adapt and grow into the division as well as it has must make him feel that the whole project has a lot of life left in it,” Hay wrote.

“Leeds do have money and funds available.

“They’ve obviously gone at it in the first window, spending £100m and I think Leeds will spend fairly heavily again when the next window comes around.”

“I’d be absolutely amazed if he [Bielsa] if come the summer he’s not minded to go on into year four.”

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Evolution not revolution

Leeds have been linked with a whole host of players already, including Adam Traore, Douglas Costa, Romain Perraud and Mikkel Damsgaard.

Speculation will only grow between now and the summer but Leeds have to be seen as an attractive club to join.

Bielsa is key to this. It’s not like the club would fall apart if Bielsa left but it definitely feels like he’s only part-way through a job that needs at least two more seasons to complete.

By that time, the foundations of a top-six club should be in place with a thriving Academy.

Leeds did great business last summer, with Raphinha particularly looking like an amazing buy at £17m.

We need a left-back and cover for Kalvin Phillips in midfield. We also need back-up for Patrick Bamford.

But this next window will be evolution rather than revolution. That already happened when Bielsa arrived.

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