Journalist moots money issues at Leeds United after quiet January window
Eurosport journalist Dean Jones feels financial issues could have been behind the failure at Leeds United to sign any new players in January.
Despite having s threadbare squad due to injuries all season, Leeds didn’t sign a single player for their senior squad.
It was widely reported that the Whites offered up to £20million to sign USA midfielder Brenden Aaronson from Red Bull Salzburg but Jones feels that funds were tight at Elland Road and it ultimately hindered their search for new additions.
“I don’t think they have that much to invest right now, to be honest. I think that’s the bottom line,” said Jones on TouchlineTalk, as shown in a clip on the Oddschanger Twitter account on Thursday [3 February].
“Aaronson is a guy who’s been seen and viewed as a guy who fits into their system perfectly and, as a long-term addition to the squad, would be ideal.
“That’s why they went after that one and when it couldn’t happen, they didn’t really want to panic and sign someone else instead because they’re still hopeful they can get a deal done for him in the summer and they still believe they will have enough to stay in the Premier League.”
Leeds United fans were not happy with the club’s failure to add to the squad in the January transfer window. One look at Twitter on deadline day, as the clock struck 11pm, showed you how let down large sections of the support were.
Speaking to MOT Leeds News about the dry January, ex-Leeds goalkeeper Paul Robinson said he was baffled by the lack of transfer activity, saying: “It’s the most underwhelming transfer window that Leeds have had.”
However, we very much doubt that there was a lack of money that held Leeds back in January – it was Marcelo Bielsa.
And we’re not saying that in a negative way, it’s just a fact that Bielsa doesn’t like the January transfer window and is also very picky about who he wants Victor Orta to go out to sign.
In the summer, we needed a central midfielder but the only two who Leeds really tried to sign were Conor Gallagher and Lewis O’Brien.
In the whole of the summer transfer window, we properly chased just two central midfield players – we had absolutely no chance in January after that first bid was rejected for Aaronson.
It remains to be seen whether it was the correct decision to not sign anyone last month.
However, while we feel as though Bielsa will lead us to Premier League safety this season, the lack of signings may have been the difference between a 15th-placed finish and getting into the top half of the table again.
In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay has asked a massive question of Bielsa’s future after the quiet January.