By Daniel Lewis

11th Oct, 2023 | 2:10pm

Leeds United: Daniel Farke task made clear as January transfer update emerges

Daniel Farke will receive the backing of the Leeds United board to bring in two new players in January to help bolster the club’s promotion push.

The German has made a good start to life at Elland Road, guiding Leeds to fifth place after 11 games of the Championship season.

Leeds had a busy summer as nine new first-team players were brought in to offset to numerous permanent and temporary departures.

The majority of Leeds’ summer arrivals have settled in quickly, and Farke has been informed he can bring in two more new faces in January.

Chief executive Angus Kinnear said as much at September’s Supporter Advisory Board meeting, the minutes from which have been made public.

“The greater value in January will be from the loan market, [and we] have deliberately kept two loan spots free,” Kinnear said.

It was also added that funds will be provided should injuries strike, so there is every possibility there will be more incoming activity at Elland Road.

If it was not clear to Farke before, it certainly will be now: Leeds United’s only aim this season is to return to the Premier League at the first attempt.

Links with Manchester City midfielder Kalvin Phillips this week were fanciful at best, but the Premier League loan market does look attractive.

Players who have struggled for minutes in the first half of the season will consider dropping down a division, and where better to play than a Leeds side pushing for promotion?

United have also showed they are not afraid to look across the continent for options, with plenty of undiscovered gems out there.

Whichever approach is taken, Farke will have the option of strengthening in a couple of different positions in January should he wish – and you suspect he will.

The hope is that Leeds remain in the promotion hunt at that point, ready to push on in the second half the campaign and get themselves over the line.

The summer transfer window may not have closed all that long ago, but it is already time to start getting excited about possible new targets ahead of the window reopening.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites face one final payment to get rid of Andrea Radrizzani for good.