Graham Smyth has been left surprised by the news that Leeds United are in the market for two more major signings.
And the Yorkshire Evening Post journalist thinks that it could lead to Leeds moving on a couple of first-team players, with Tyler Roberts being linked with a surprise move to Derby County.
Leeds have already signed Rodrigo (£27m) and Robin Koch (£13m) on top of Illan Meslier (£5m), Joe Gelhardt (£1.5m), a permanent deal for Helder Costa (£15m) and a new loan for Jack Harrison.
And it seems that the spending is not over yet. Leeds have now been linked with major moves for Udinese midfielder Rodrigo De Paul and Dinamo Zagreb centre-back Josko Gvardiol.
Talking on the new episode of the All Stats Aren’t We podcast, YEP journalist Smyth said, “I think everyone has been surprised by this latest development over the weekend, just the sheer scale of the expenditure. I don’t think we were expecting this much to be spent.
“We were hearing it was going to be quality over quantity, and that made a lot of sense as Marcelo Bielsa doesn’t like a lot of bodies in the squad.
“Thinking about the potential of Rodrigo de Paul coming in and a centre-half from Dinamo Zagreb, it makes me think one or two could go out, purely to keep the numbers down.
“Bielsa doesn’t like having people hanging around, he doesn’t like a big squad.”
We want a big squad
Tyler Roberts has been linked with a move to Championship side Derby [The Times] and while that came as a surprise, it would make more sense if De Paul signed.
Roberts has struggled to make the sort of impact that Leeds fans were hoping for and has been hit by a number of injuries since signing from West Brom.
Barry Douglas is another player who has been linked with a move away from Elland Road.
Sky Sports claimed that Douglas was high on the Celtic shortlist but he played well when he came into the side last season and Leeds don’t have an abundance of left-back options.
Bielsa hasn’t traditionally liked a big squad but it seems that he could be changing now Leeds are in the Premier League. According to Phil Hay, he’s changed his mind about wanting another centre-back after Robin Koch signed.
There’s definitely less room for error in the top-flight and we think Leeds would struggle with injuries to key players such as Kalvin Phillips.
We’d like to see Roberts stay. He popped up with crucial goals towards the end of last season, and he’s a viable differential for Patrick Bamford in attack. Leeds don’t have a lot of striking options despite signing Rodrigo from Valencia.
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