By Craig Scott

15th Nov, 2020 | 11:30am

'They might have to...' - TV pundit makes January transfer claim about Leeds

Ex-England player Carlton Palmer claims Leeds United might have to dip their toes into the transfer market in January due to the likelihood of injuries and suspensions.

Leeds spent over £100million on new players after winning promotion to the Premier League but Marcelo Bielsa’s side has been blighted by injuries in the opening months of the new campaign.

Diego Llorente is yet to earn his Leeds debut while Kalvin Phillips, Liam Cooper, Pablo Hernandez and Adam Forshaw have missed games due to injuries this term.

Bielsa is not normally a fan of strengthening his outfield options in the January transfer window due to wanting new players to undergo a ‘settling-in period’ before he ends up playing them regularly.

But TV pundit Palmer believes Bielsa might be forced to adding to his squad once the transfer window re-opens in January.

“They might have to invest well in the next market because obviously, you know injuries and suspensions will play a part,” Palmer told Football Transfer Tavern.

If Leeds did strengthen their squad in January, what positions will they look to add to?

In the last transfer window, the Whites almost signed central midfielder Michael Cuisance from Bayern Munich before he failed a medical.

After that, the Yorkshire giants sign winger Raphinha from Rennes but didn’t add to their central options so you would imagine that’s an area that Bielsa and Victor Orta might look at.

But we don’t foresee Bielsa wanting any new senior outfield players unless there is a serious, season-ending injury to one of his mainstays.

Kiko Casilla was linked with leaving in the summer so that speculation could fire up again and leave Bielsa in need of a new back-up goalkeeper.

That’s perhaps more likely than a new midfielder arriving in January with Orta probably eyeing deals to add to the Under-18s and Under-23s squads instead.

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