Simon Grayson

The Elland Road silence was broken today as Simon Grayson gave his views following a disappointing deadline day for Leeds United fans. 

Simon Grayson described yesterday as “the most frustrating day I have had as a manager” reciprocating the feelings of annoyed Leeds United fans who feel the club have failed epically in the transfer window.

It was not through lack of trying Simon Grayson insisted however, revealing that Jason Puncheon was set to sign for us until Queen’s Park Rangers came in and snatched him away at the last minute.

Two other “irons in the fire” also disintegrated as the days events unfolded, leaving Leeds United without any replacement for the departed Max Gradel.

The silver lining we’ve all been looking for was perhaps Simon Grayson finally admitting we are short on numbers, but that will only lead many fans to question why it’s taken the Leeds boss so long to realise/admit that.

It’s a little concerning that on the final day of the transfer window we were desperately trying to sign three players up. Leaving things until the last minute is not the policy of a successful football club, but Simon Grayson knows this. I can only reason that there were no funds available until Max Gradel was sold, and it was his sale that sparked this attempted flurry.

Finding positives after the summer we’ve just been through is an incredibly difficult task, but the starting XI we have shouldn’t be too much of a concern to anyone.

There’s room for improvement, definitely, but the team have performed well so far and deserve our respect. I say that because a lot of what has been written over the last few weeks could be misconstrued as a dig at the current squad.

It’s important we appreciate what we have got now because the window is closed and we have to concentrate on the football. That means getting behind the lads no matter how ill-equipped we may be for the season ahead.

The depth we require will have to come via the emergency loan window. None of us want to hear that, but that’s the reality. Until January at least when we get to go through all the fun and games again.

Courtesy of @MojoLUAFC