‘I never said…’ – Bielsa bites back as journo asks Leeds transfer question, shares £130m fact

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Marcelo Bielsa says he “never said” that he won’t sign players in January, as Leeds United struggling to cope with injuries.

The Whites are missing several key players who could be out for a while, and Bielsa may need to delve into the market to add depth to the squad.

At the same time, the Argentine is adamant that he will only bring players that are better than what they have at the moment.

Bielsa remained coy when asked to share about Leeds transfer budget or any target he has in mind.

The Leeds boss has also suggested that the club have spent £130m in shaping the squad, and he has no idea whether they can spend any more. He said, as quoted by Leeds Live:

“First of all, I don’t want to use the numbers out as an excuse, the second thing is I never said I don’t want players to come in January. As you are informed I am opposed to it, you listen to me and think I am, not right.

“The only thing I said, and I reiterate, to bring in players they should be better than what we have. The club has invested £130m in the construction of this squad, and I don’t know if they can or can’t invest more.”

Bielsa on January budget and potential targets:

“That type of info we only give if we bring in any player. What I don’t have any doubts about is the club will always do the max they can to resolve the needs that present themselves.”

Typical Bielsa

Leeds produced arguably their best performance of the season in the 3-2 defeat against Chelsea last week. Within a space of days, they produced their worst performance of the season in the 7-0 defeat against Manchester City.

The Whites are missing the likes of Kalvin Phillips, Patrick Bamford and Liam Cooper for the clash against Arsenal. On top of that, Jamie Shackleton and Daniel James have picked up injuries as well.

Clearly, the lack of depth in the squad is visible now.

The January window is not an ideal time to do business, but immediate surgery is required. Else, Leeds could head into the relegation battle.

An experienced striker is necessary who can serve as a back-up option for Patrick Bamford, while signing a midfielder has been discussed for a long time.

Another attacking midfielder would be ideal and an experienced back-up goalkeeper for Illan Meslier is also a priority. 

Bielsa may have just hinted that he is not aware of what transfer budget he will have in January. The Argentine can be stubborn at times with his philosophy but a big window is needed to get them out of the current mire.

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