Although Leeds’s business during the summer transfer window showed signs of a strength in depth squad, their recent poor spell in October, combined with injuries and suspensions, have highlighted the need for more additions in January.
Quantity isn’t necessarily the issue with the Whites current squad. Championship quality, knowhow and experience in England however can be vital in the push for promotion.
With the exception of Samuel Saiz, who remains Thomas Christiansen’s best investment since becoming head coach, the Yorkshiremen’s other investments during the summer haven’t quite had the desired effect.
Injuries to key players have left Leeds short of backup, others however, have just failed to perform and live up to the expectations of the Championship.
Here are a few players who the Whites could potentially target to bolster the current squad:
Despite not being left-footed, Gaetano Berardi’s versatility and ability on either flank has seen him make most appearances for Leeds at left-back this year.
However, Berardi’s battles with pacey wingers this season has occasionally seen him caught short. The Swiss is, and forever will be, an aggressive and determined presence in the side, but Leeds are in need of a naturally left-footed defender who can provide consistency and competition within the squad.
Currently plying his trade with Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield Town in the Premier League, Scott Malone would be the perfect acquisition for the Whites.
Malone is second choice left-back behind Chirs Lowe and having made just two league starts for the Terriers in their first season in the top flight, the 26-year-old will be vying for some first-team action.
As reported by the Daily Express, Leeds had ‘supposedly’ expressed an interest in Malone to solve their defensive crisis and with Championship experience under his belt at Fulham and Cardiff City, the Englishman would be an excellent signing for the Whites.
Should the Whites strike a deal for the full-back, a loan agreement would be the most likely outcome for the Huddersfield player having only joined David Wagner’s men in the summer and although Berardi is currently holding down the left-back spot, it would allow the defender to provide competition for Luke Ayling who, like several of his teammates, has been out of sorts in recent games.
The attacking-midfielder impressed at the end of last season, but this campaign has seen the 24-year-old show his true qualities.
Ten goals in nineteen appearances for Reid this season, and this form has seen him become the second top goal-scorer in the league and has also helped Bristol City into the promotion race.
Form like this will attract several suitors during January and if Leeds are to mount a serious and consistent push for the Premier League, then the Yorkshiremen should be looking to invest in the clinical midfielder
A name linked with Leeds before in the summer and several other Championship clubs, Hugill has become renowned for his goal-scoring in the Championship.
With Pierre-Michel Lasogga’s form dipping in recent matches, the Preston striker would provide something which the German currently isn’t getting for the lone striker role – competition.
The Whites last three league matches has seen them score no more than a single goal per game and should this carry on until January, a striker with Hugill’s credentials would be a perfect fit for the current squad.