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Opinion: Yet more fitness chaos for Leeds United should leave fans asking serious questions

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I feel like I’m banging my head against a brick wall here on occasion.

I’ll tell you one thing, we had better be promoted after all this, because if we don’t go up after all the decisions that the club have made, or haven’t made depending on the situation, then my head might explode.

I spoke yesterday about the latest injury news surrounding one of Leeds’ January signings Jean-Kevin Augustin, and how it doesn’t paint the club, or indeed the player in a good light. Now it turns out we could be dealing with the same situation all over again with another one of our signings.

According to a report from Football Insider, the reason Ian Poveda hasn’t been managing to get much game time for Leeds United at the moment is, wait for it, because his fitness levels aren’t up to the standards that Marcelo Bielsa wants them to be.


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Why did we bring in players if they weren’t ready to help us out straight away? Isn’t that the whole point in the January transfer window? To get players to help you in your fight for promotion/relegation? Rather than looking long-terms and how they might help you further down the road.

I said when he was in the latter stages of completing his move to Elland Road that this deal didn’t look very promising in my eyes, and after just over a month since he signed for us and zero minutes accumulated this deal is looking more and more like it’s going to go down as a complete and utter waste of time. Just take a look at our results in early February, eight points dropped which could prove crucial at the end of the season, all because we brought in someone who wasn’t fit and ready enough to help us from he get go.

As I said, if we don’t get promoted, this January window, much like last year with the failure to sign Daniel James, will be a huge part of the narrative. Hopefully it doesn’t come to that, but there’s that bit in the back of my head that thinks it will be.

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