Bielsa pours cold water over new signing hopes
19 Aug 2021 11:25 am, by YorkshireSquare
If Leeds fans though the club might yet bring in a winger or central midfielder ahead of the transfer window closing, Marcelo Bielsa poured cold water on their hopes during today’s pre-match press conference. Speaking to the media ahead of the Everton game Bielsa said its not probably that more players would be brought in before the deadline. This will be disappointing new to fans who had hoped the likes of Dutch winger Noa Lang could still make a last minute move to Elland Road. It also suggests an agreement for Huddersfield midfielder Lewis O'Brien is not close despite reports that Leeds were closing in on a deal. Bielsa said…
It's not probable that any more signings will be made. I'm happy with the players I can count on at the moment. It's the same group as last season with the substitution of Firpo for Alioski. The young players who accompany the team have another year of experience. If we have the option to bring another player in, we will do it has long as that player is able to challenge the player who already has that position.
Signings that strengthen the team means a player has to compete with players who already have a position. That means there's a very high cost to these. With regards to this situation, if players don't arrive there's disappointment that they don't arrive. If there are signings but they're below the level of the players we already have, there's disappointment because they're not up to standard.
The situation is to find players who can overcome the players we already have at a low price. But to say a low price also means a high price. Low prices at the moment are prices which are very high. For good players, the prices are excessive.
It’s clear to anyone that Leeds need to strengthen if they are to push onto the next level. Even consolidating our position in the league this season could be difficult if they were to be hit with injuries to key players. Kalvin Phillips and Diego Llorente missing last Saturday led to huge holes in the middle of the park which Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes duly took advantage of. The lack of cover and strength in depth is a niggling concern as we embark on our second season back in the Premier League. The lack of game changers on the bench, having to rely on Roberts and Costa is a worry too and it’s clear that Bielsa recognises we do need to strengthen.
Yes we need more players but only players who are better than what we have, who we can buy. This club have invested. It's not like this club hasn't invested. This group last season made a contribution which means they were justifiably top half. What happens is that when you lose a big game 5-1, it generates uncertainty and the questions you ask.
Is going into this season with just Junior Firpo as our only new senior signing good enough? Or are fans right to be slightly concerned over the lack of recruitment this summer? Pushing on to the top six was always going to be an ambition too far over the next couple of seasons, consolidating our position in the league is key. But standing still is going backwards in this league as those around us strengthen, have Leeds got enough strength to consolidate or will lck of investment mean a nervy season looking over our shoulders?