By Adefunmiloye Alani

22nd Nov, 2021 | 1:40pm

Phil Hay shares Leeds early-season stance on January transfer window

Leeds United suffered a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Tottenham on Sunday, and their fifth loss of the campaign would have left fans worried.

The Whites’ injury woes continued as Raphinha and Rodrigo both missed the trip to North London, and while many expect them to strengthen their squad in January, The Athletic’s Phil Hay has shared what he has heard about their plans for the winter transfer window early this season.

The Elland Road outfit are not fans of the mid-season transfer window, and it appears that has not changed much despite their apparent lack of quality squad depth.

Hay wrote on their website: “Through the early part of this season, the message from Leeds was that they intended to sit this January out, unless sitting it out was obviously asking for trouble.”

“What happens in practice will depend on budget and what is actually out there.

“Bielsa pointed out yesterday that adding to his squad “should not be evaluated without looking at the economic possibilities” but there was no way of watching a 2-1 defeat at Spurs and avoiding the fact that some mid-season transfer action, even a little, might do Leeds a favour.”

Something has to change

The Whites cannot risk approaching the January transfer window as they have often done, and with a relegation battle now on the cards, getting in two or three new additions could be very necessary.

They currently sit 17th in the Premier League table after 12 games, with two points separating them from the drop zone.

Bielsa will be expecting Patrick Bamford, Luke Ayling, Robin Koch and Rodrigo to provide his squad with a massive boost when they all return from injury, but illness – which saw Raphinha miss Sunday’s game – suspension and COVID-19 have also been responsible for some of the matchday absences, and this squad does not look like it can catch a break right now.

It is why Leeds cannot rely on their current team to take them through the rest of the campaign and help keep them up.

It could end up becoming a risk that backfires.

All departments, except the goalkeeping’s, need to be bolstered, and how they go about doing that could be the difference between relegation and survival at the end of the season.

In other Leeds United news, a major update on Whites January bid to sign attacker has been provided, with pen-to-paper imminent.