Leeds United four-point transfer focus mooted ahead of January transfer window

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January is edging close and Leeds United could be tempted to bring in recruits with depth coming into question lately.

It is it expected that Leeds will be the most active in January, given Marcelo Bielsa’s eagerness to keep his squad as trim as possible.

There is merit to his stance, but there are some areas of the squad that need intervention in the transfer market.

The push for a central midfielder was perhaps the only transfer saga from the summer that the Whites were unsuccessful in and this Premier League season has only served as more proof of our need for it.

Injuries haven’t been rife through the middle, but the fact our options there are spread thin by Jamie Shackleton’s and Stuart Dallas’ roles elsewhere has set us back.

Meanwhile, the club still don’t have a real solution to Patrick Bamford’s absence in attack as he remains injured.

The Yorkshire Evening Post’s Graham Smyth has highlighted four areas that could be worth extra spending this January, if suitable players and deals were available.

Those positions being: goalkeeper, left-back, central midfield, and up front.

Illan Meslier is another who currently has no proven cover behind him should he be sidelined for any time, and as Junior Firpo sits out, that remains an issue tied to the midfield as well – Dallas moves across and leaves a gap where he was previously covering.

The club would tred with caution in January irrespective of the need to bring in a new face or two, given what has happened in the past.

You’d imagine most of us would agree that bringing in a midfielder would solve a huge issue with this squad.

It’s our lightest position and arguably the most important, even with Adam Forshaw’s return boding well for the season.

I don’t expect us to make any major moves in the new year, because it’s very difficult to bring in the right player for the right price in January.

If a player is available and cheap, it’s usually at the expense of them having issues we’re yet to be exposed to prior to the deal, such as attitude problems or lacking fitness.