Leeds United fans can rest easy this January with the news that the club isn’t planning to do much at all in the winter window.
However, Marcelo Bielsa wants to make changes in the summer after a full season back in the Premier League.
That’s the news from Leeds chief Angus Kinnear who was talking on the latest episode of The Square Ball podcast.
“We’re already planning two transfer windows ahead,” said Kinnear.
“We’re looking at January which we’re expecting to be quiet, which won’t be a surprise to anybody.
“And then looking at the summer and the moves we need to make then, that’s important.
“I’m sitting down with Marcelo and talking about the changes he wants to make going into next season.
“His contract is up at the end of this season but he’s always had a long term view in terms of the physical structure and facilities at Thorp Arch, which is a good sign that he’s thinking more long-term.”
All part of the (long-term) plan
Leeds invested a lot of money in the summer – around £100m on new players and turning existing loans into permanent deals.
The good news for fans, though, is that Leeds aren’t keeping the wallet shut in January because it’s empty.
Instead, it’s a window that just doesn’t suit Bielsa and we think that new players will only come in if a remarkable opportunity presents itself or there are more significant injuries.
Even then, you have to think that Bielsa would prefer to soldier on. He’s already ruled out bringing in a new centre-back after Robin Koch was ruled out until the spring.
The summer is a different matter. By then, Bielsa will have had a full season to assess the current squad and how they stack up in the Premier League.
There could well be outgoings and incoming as Bielsa looks to consolidate and take a step closer towards the European spots.
The current squad are literally playing for their places in Bielsa’s long-term vision.
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