Leeds United targets unavailable, new signings unlikely - Dharmesh Sheth
Sky Sports journalist Dharmesh Sheth reports Leeds United are unlikely to make any more new signings between now and the transfer deadline on Tuesday.
Leeds have signed just two new senior players this summer in left-back Junior Firpo and second-choice goalkeeper Kristoffer Klaesson.
The Yorkshire club has been strongly linked with signing a new central midfielder while a new winger has also been mooted if one had become available.
However, Sheth reported on Thursday that availability has been the issue for Leeds ahead of the 11pm deadline on August 31.
“Leeds [are] unlikely to add any more players in this window with their targets currently unavailable,” said Sheth, as shown in a clip on the Sky Sports website.
Leo Hjelde and that’s it?
Leeds have signed a number of young players this summer and don’t seem to be done in that regard.
Celtic’s 17-year-old defender Leo Hjelde, who can play as a centre-back or left-back, is set to join the Whites before the end of the transfer window [Phil Hay] but that looks to be it.
It has been a frustrating summer transfer window for some fans, especially as last year’s £100million splurge raised expectations.
The quiet January window also led us to feel that there could be plenty of business done this summer but we all know what Marcelo Bielsa is like – he trusts the players he has and doesn’t like too much change as it disrupts his system.
Bielsa enjoys a small group of players who are fluent with his tactical system and one or two more new players – especially if they aren’t the right ones – could have been more hassle than they are worth.
At the end of the day, we’ve signed a left-back from Barcelona, staved off interest in Kalvin Phillips, Patrick Bamford has signed a new deal, kept hold of Raphinha and Bielsa’s penned another one-year contract.
We cannot complain about that at all.
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