Leeds United had a quiet January on the outside, with Marcelo Bielsa happy to play out the second half of the season with his current squad.
However, Athletic journalist Phil Hay has said that Victor Orta was hard at work behind-the-scenes working on deals for the summer.
Staying in the Premier League was the goal this season and Leeds have almost achieved that already, with 15 games to play.
The aim next season will be a top-half finish and that will involve upgrading some players and adding depth to a pretty stretched squad.
The big question is how many players will Bielsa bring in?
Athletic journalist Phil Hay believes it will be “four or five” and named some of the positions he expects Bielsa to recruit in.
Talking on The Athletic on Sunday Hay said, “Transfers, I think four or five would be a fair estimate.
“Assuming he stays, there will be players who Bielsa wants to upgrade on. Left-back almost certainly and midfielders.
“Potentially another winger if it’s not going to work out with Costa.
“Orta spent a lot of January looking at deals for next summer so they’re planning ahead now (clubs are always planning ahead tbh, or the organised ones anyway).
“Obviously, there’s the question of Bielsa’s contract too but I’d be surprised if he didn’t feel like he wanted to keep this going into season four.”
Evolution of Leeds
Four or five sounds about right to us. It’s enough to make a big difference and it will be more evolution than revolution.
The two key positions are left-back and holding midfield. Gjanni Alioski was exposed again against Arsenal, while the team was shuffled extensively to cope with the loss of Phillips.
Helder Costa showed the best and the worst of his game when he came on in the second half and he’s got a big task ahead of him if he wants to have a future at Leeds beyond the summer.
We would also like to see back-up for Patrick Bamford, although that could depend on the progress of Joe Gelhardt and Sam Greenwood.
Gelhardt has been on the bench for the past two games and will be pushing for game time in the second half of this season.
He could save Leeds a lot of money if he can prove he’s good enough to step-up.
We also want an experienced goalkeeper and would love to see Kiko Casilla move on.
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