By Callum O'Connell

14th Sep, 2023 | 9:10pm

Journalist provides Leeds United transfer update as club 'praying' for return

Journalist Ben Jacobs has shared his view that Leeds United will not be targeting a free agent to bring in just for the sake of it, as they await the return of Junior Firpo from injury.

Jacobs shared that he doesn’t expect Leeds to panic in the transfer market with the arrival of a free agent still a possibility, as there is no point adding extra bodies to the squad just for the sake of it.

However, he did claim the club would make a move for the right player if they become available because it would be a relatively low-risk and cost-effective move as they want to strengthen at left-back.

Speaking to GIVEMESPORT on 14 September, the CBS journalist claimed: “I don’t expect Leeds to panic sign and get cover for cover’s sake. But it’s obvious to anyone who looks at what Leeds have got on paper that they still need to strengthen in that left-back position.

“So, if a free agent becomes available, they’ll move because it’s relatively low-risk and cost-effective. But right now, I just don’t think there are that many targets that are right for Leeds.

“There’s no point in just adding an extra body for the sake of it if they’re not going to benefit the football team. So, the left-back position is Firpo’s and Leeds will just be praying that he stays fit.”

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The squad seems to be settled

It looks unlikely now that Leeds will move to bring in a new player unless an unmissable opportunity presents itself – and if that was going to happen the likelihood is it would have by now.

With Sam Byram and Junior Firpo both out injured as things stand, the left-back position probably feels more of an issue than it will prove to be long-term. Any player brought in now would be competing with those two which would leave the club with three potential first-choice left-backs.

While there are certainly worse problems to have, it seems that the concern over that position is being slightly overblown. Leo Hjelde is capable of playing that role, and Jamie Shackleton filled in against Sheffield Wednesday and didn’t put a foot wrong.

As Jacobs said, there is no need for Leeds to add more bodies to the squad just for the sake of it. Despite the exodus of first-team players in the summer, the club have plugged the gaps well and can now focus on pushing forward with their season.

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