Marcelo Bielsa underlines Leeds United transfer demand

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Marcelo Bielsa is open to Leeds United bringing in players in the January transfer window, but they have to be better than what’s available to him at Elland Road right now.

Leeds lost 7-0 to Manchester City on Tuesday night and Bielsa’s squad is as stretched as it has ever been in terms of injuries and suspensions.

Pressure is growing on Leeds to do some business in the January transfer window, despite Bielsa never really putting too much importance on recruitment at that time of year.

As per Leeds Live, Bielsa isn’t ruling out Leeds making signings in January. Instead, he’s insistent that he’s not said he doesn’t want signings. Simply, he wants them to be better than what’s currently at the club.

“I never said that I don’t want players to come in January.

“As you guys inform that I’m opposed to it, as you listen to me you think that I’m not right. The only thing I said [is] and I reiterate: to bring in players they should be better than the ones we already have.”

Leeds’ previous January business under Bielsa includes Kiko Casilla, Jean-Kevin Augustin and Ian Poveda.

Signings this January are very important for Leeds given the state of the squad at the moment.

However, as Bielsa says, the players potentially coming in does depend on them improving what’s currently on the books at Elland Road.

The issue, then, is that it will cost a significant amount of money to do that. It’s not going to be easy for Victor Orta in a notoriously tough market.

Leeds’ strike-rate in January is poor and they need to get it right this winter. That’s easier said than done, though.