Phil Hay shares Leeds United transfer view after what he told Jesse Marsch
Phil Hay is adamant that Leeds United must make the most of the next transfer window in order to build a squad Jesse Marsch can get the best out of.
Marsch has done a brilliant job since replacing Marcelo Bielsa as manager of the Whites and has steered the Yorkshire club away from the Premier League’s relegation zone with three wins and one draw in the last four matches.
The Athletic journalist Hay has now started to look ahead to next season and what Marsch can continue to build at Elland Road.
And after telling the Leeds manager that he wants to know how he can improve the side, Hay shared his belief that transfers are vital.
“It’s unfair, I think, to expect too much too soon,” said Hay on the latest episode of The Phil Hay Show podcast [15 April, 23m51s].
“You do see a lot of that discourse about how good has the team been so far and how good the performances have been.
“I did ask Marsch on Saturday, ‘the results are there, how do you go about putting more quality into this team?’.
“And I think the answer, from his point of view with that, is time. I think it’s recruitment as well, I don’t think anybody can deny that and I don’t think anybody should.
“If you want an example, we spoke afterwards about needing to use Sam Greenwood more and [Joe] Gelhardt and players of that ilk.
“And I totally agree they should but in this summer coming up, of all summers, that should not be allowed to distract from the fact Leeds are short of centre-forwards and do not another proven option there.”
Spend clever, not big
We’re not expecting Leeds to go out and splash over £100million on player signings like they did in their first summer transfer window after promotion from the Championship.
Unless there’s a significant amount of investment pumped into the squad, we doubt that the club’s net spend will be that high.
Selling a player like Raphinha will definitely fund a summer splurge and offloading the Brazilian would more than likely cover the cost of two of three clever signings.
Victor Orta has his work cut out this summer because his signings last year have struggled to meet expectations.
Junior Firpo has been a flop, in all honesty, and Daniel James has been short of proving his price tag to the Leeds United fanbase.
And if you look at the summer transfer window before that, Rodrigo has been inconsistent and only really started to show his best now under Marsch and Helder Costa was a complete waste of money.
We need quantity of signings but we also need quality.
We’d much rather see three really good additions than Orta slip back into his ways of going in with a scattergun approach.
Yes, you might sign a Matuesz Klich of an Ezgjan Alioski doing that. But you also end up with Jay-Roy Grots, Caleb Ekubans and Ousasim Bouys.
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