By Craig Scott

10th Jul, 2021 | 7:10am

Graham Smyth: Leeds United wait until late summer for winger swoop

Leeds United are holding back in their pursuit of a new winger due to the “availability of the options” Marcelo Bielsa approves of, according to Graham Smyth.

Earlier this week, the Yorkshire Evening Post journalist reported that “the signing of a winger may go even later into the window”.

When asked why the Whites are willing to bide their time before adding to the wide areas of their squad, Smyth responded on Twitter.

He said: ” Pieces falling into place elsewhere, availability of the options Bielsa approves of.”

Worth the wait

Leeds waited until October to sign Raphinha last year – October.

It’s fair to have concerns about players arriving late in the transfer window because it does massively reduce the amount of time they have to get used to Bielsa’s demands.

However, as shown last year, if you’re good enough and have had a decent pre-season elsewhere – as Raphinha had at Rennes – then you’ve not got much to worry about.

Leeds winger options are solid, anyway.

Raphinha will start on the right next season and Jack Harrison on the left with players like Ian Poveda, Helder Costa and Stuart Dallas providing back-up.

Unless someone like Costa leaves, we don’t have too much to worry about there but a quality left-sided winger would be good so that he can play second fiddle to Harrison.

But we don’t need someone like that desperately and that’s why we can afford to wait, we can afford to see what options arise late on in the summer and we can strike another bargain like Raphinha.

In other Leeds United news, this bench-warmer has been left with no option but to quit the club.