He’s not promising anything just yet, but it seems like he has all his bases covered.
With the departure of Eddie Nketiah, Leeds United are down to the bare bones when it comes to the forward department, with Patrick Bamford and Tyler Roberts as the only options up top for Marcelo Bielsa, for the time being at least
Speaking at his press conference on Thursday, Bielsa spoke about the position and said that although there are plans to bring someone else in to take the load off them up top, that he does have a plan in place in case he doesn’t find the right man:
“We need one striker as soon as possible. If we find the ideal player, better, if we don’t find the ideal player we will try to find the best solution.”
Is it just me, or does this start giving you flashbacks to last season and the whole Daniel James transfer saga? If you ask Leeds United fans, some of them will say that failure to invest properly in January was a key reason that we failed to get promoted last season and it looks like we could be going down that same road again.
Leeds United are in a great position to get promoted, but then the same was said last around this time last year with former Leeds great Eddie Gray saying “This is a great opportunity – you’re not going to get a much better one.”
And whilst there is a significant cushion between Leeds and the chasing pack for a top-two spot, the team can’t afford to become complacent. They need to find their man and do everything they can to get him, even if it means paying more than they were perhaps willing to, just do whatever it takes.
Will Leeds get the target they want, or will they be forced to settle?
In the words of Gray, they really may not get a much better one than this season, and they can’t afford, literally and figuratively, to short change people in this window.