By Craig Scott

6th Feb, 2022 | 11:25am

Robbie Fowler worried by Leeds United transfer 'risk', predicts relegation trio

Robbie Fowler is worried for Leeds United after they failed to sign any new players for their senior squad in January.

Despite their never-ending injury crisis and less-than-convincing league standing, Marcelo Bielsa opted against strengthening his first team in January and the only main piece of business was to loan out right-back Cody Drameh.

Ex-Leeds striker Fowler isn’t happy with his former club’s lack of activity but does predict them to avoid relegation from the Premier League.

“No signings when you have key players injured? You’re gambling on fitness, which is never wise. That could backfire,” Fowler told the Sunday Mirror, as shown via their print edition on 6 February [page 63].

“My three to go down: Burnley, Norwich, Watford.”

Safe – but not sound

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Leeds have enough about themselves to avoid relegation this season.

Our injury crisis has hopefully already hit its worst point and even despite that, we’re seven points clear of the Premier League’s relegation zone.

Despite having no Patrick Bamford almost all season and missing Kalvin Phillips for what seems like an age, Leeds have been chugging on, getting goals through Raphinha.

Of course, we’re only one or two more injuries, suspensions of positive COVID tests before any crisis kicks in and that’s where the lack of January additions is going to come and haunt us.

How Bielsa didn’t see it fit to sign a new central midfielder in January is baffling.

We get that he likes to have a small squad and we get that he doesn’t like to sign players in January. But he obviously knows he needs to add to his central midfield options – otherwise, why would he want Conor Gallagher and Lewis O’Brien last summer?

Brenden Aaronson isn’t even a central midfielder, he’s a number 10 who can also play out wide, so Leeds’ approach in the last two windows really hasn’t made that much sense to us.

In other Leeds United news, a journalist has mooted financial issues at Elland Road.