With the January transfer window open, the rumour mill is in full flow for Leeds United as we continue to have optimistic promotion hopes in the Championship under manager Marcelo Bielsa in the campaign of 2018/19.
With links to players in all areas of the pitch and plenty reading into Bielsa’s own words about the window when it comes to what we believe he wants from the board and Victor Orta this month, few I think could argue that we need to strengthen the group – bare minimum a goalkeeper and centre-half – even allowing for those players who should soon return from injury.
However we strengthen, there are those fans who definitely don’t want to see the youth pathway blocked given the talent we have in our Under 23 setup.
The injuries have probably seen some of them promoted further, and more often, than the gaffer maybe anticipated originally but they have already proven to be a high point of the campaign with their promise.
The injuries and loss of form of some senior players has forced Bielsa to use the under 23 players. This is surely a good thing for the future of the club. Buying more players like so many clubs do prevents the players from getting the first team experience they need.
Premier League clubs do this all the time and the millions they spend stops their young players from getting the first team football they need to progress. I don’t mean we should not look to buy new players, but rather that we make sure that the younger players continue to get the first team playing time they need rather than start panic buying.
I would imagine a lot of fans are on board with that, we know where the gaps are in the squad but we need key additions that will have a role to play, but panic buying or taking a punt on a player should be avoided given the potential quality we already have at our disposal.