With all the off the field troubles at Leeds it is unsurprising that the team have been affected in what has become a disappointing start to the season. With Uwe Rosler leaving the club, new manager Steve Evans will be looking to strengthen the squad with loan signings and possibly some permanent deals in the January transfer window.

A couple of back to back wins at the start of the November has relieved some of the pressure at Elland Road – at least on the pitch – but Leeds are in dire need of some new blood to invigorate the side in order to turn them from relegation candidates into play off hopefuls. But who is on the radar for Leeds? And who would be likely to move to the club?

SAFE HANDS

Scoring has been a problem for Leeds all season but it is at the other end of the pitch that they need help too. Marco Silvestri has not looked convincing at times and it is well known that Leeds have enquired about the West Brom stopper Anders Lindegaard. The Baggies have rejected a move but with Evans known to be looking for more goalkeeping options this is one to keep an eye on.

MIDFIELD GENERAL

With so much confusion surrounding Leeds there is definitely need for some leadership around the club – and that goes for on the pitch as well. Liam Bridcutt hasn’t really done anything at Sunderland this season as the Black Cats have struggled in the top flight, but the former Brighton man is an excellent defensive midfielder and would do a good job at Elland Road. Recent developments suggest the unrest at the club could let another side in however.

SINGING CANARIES

Why go for one player when you can be in for two? Leeds have expressed interest in both Lewis Grabban and Kyle Lafferty of Norwich. After performing well last season in the Championship, Grabban has seen his chances few and far between this time around and could add much needed firepower to the Leeds attack. Another option would be Lafferty who has expressed an interest in moving in January to enhance his chance to be match ready when it comes to next year’s European Championships. The Northern Ireland star spent the second half of last season on loan at Turkish side Rizespor and the much travelled goal scorer would be an excellent signing.

OUT OF LEFTFIELD

There are always plenty of twists and turns when it comes to the January transfer window and there are sure to be a few surprises in the Championship. Steve Evans will have his eye on a number of players but the news that Michu has left Swansea by mutual consent and become a free agent should prick up the ears of managers across the country. The Spanish midfielder has had a torrid time with injuries since a barnstorming season with the Swans a couple of years ago, but could be worth a punt to turn Leeds’ season around.

UPHILL TASK

It could be argued that there is much to be done off the pitch before any stability can be found on it at Elland Road. But Steve Evans knows that he needs to bring in four or five players – at least – to ensure Championship survival. A healthy start to November may be very welcome but Leeds will have to dip into the transfer market to make sure that they keep this run going.

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  • darrell

    You have listed 4 players that we have been linked with already so not great journalism. They are only as good or slightly better than we have so I’m not keen.
    I like the Michu suggestion though if we could get an initial pay as you play deal

    • Matthew

      But we need players in all of the positions mentioned. We’re lacking in depth in quite a few positions. I’m sure Evans would want to look to his bench for a decent striker if Antenucci and Wood are having a bad game. Just an example.

  • darrell

    I agree that we need to strengthen said positions but I’d rather see us develop the likes of Mulhern, Walters, Parkin, McDaid, Philips, Coyle etc.
    We need to follow the lead of Swansea, Bournmouth and Southampton, shoddy loan players and bad short term recruitment has held us back for 10 years as much as board room disasters

  • oldschoolbaby

    We just need someone with a lot of experience, a lot of personality and a lot of “dog”. A leader. A captain. Ideally a centre back or midfielder. Such a figure, and the confidence he would generate, could transform this team.
    The Silvestri issue is starting to annoy me. His shot stopping credentials indicate he doesn`t lack courage. Instinctively he will put himself in harms way. When he has a split second to think about whether to come for a cross, he dithers. To me that has to be a confidence issue. He needs support with this, most definitely beyond a football pitch, and I`m not seeing any evidence he`s getting it. His footwork isn`t exceptional but he can compensate for that through the fact he can easily boot the ball a pitch length. Wood is a custom made “handful” to chase that option. I remain convinced there is an extremely good Championship level keeper within. Someone needs to be working harder to fully release him.