By Mark Smith

15th Nov, 2021 | 4:10pm

Phil Hay: Leeds squad doesn't need entire transfer overhaul

Phil Hay has insisted that Leeds United are strategising to avoid a full overhaul of their squad in the near future.

Marcelo Bielsa has worked with a small group in nearly every single job he has had, and he has utilised the academy massively.

Hay has shared that whether it be under Bielsa or another head coach, the Whites won’t need to make numerous major signings.

Writing in his latest piece for The Athletic, Hay shared that even if Bielsa leaves, the new coach won’t have much work to do.

“Assuming Leeds’ strategy goes to plan, the structure of Bielsa’s squad should avoid the need for a mass overhaul in future, under him or a different manager,” he said.

“Even in a busy transfer window, there will be promising players left to work with and scope for them to grow. “

No chance.

Leeds plan ahead, that is what makes them so effective when looking to bring in marquee signings such as Raphinha.

Victor Orta has continuously signed young stars destined for the top during his time at the club, and they will get closer to the first team with every year.

Charlie Cresswell, Joe Gelhardt, Cody Drameh and Crysencio Summerville have all played in the Premier League this season and will look to cement their spots in years to come.

By the time senior players such as Luke Ayling and Liam Cooper retire, these younger names will be flying and ready to step in – there is always method in these academy signings.

There will be big-name first-team signings to come, that is guaranteed, but there is no chance that a complete overhaul will be needed.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites are ready to make major January signings with unexpected deals to force action