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Ben Parker makes claim about Leeds’s January plans

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Ben Parker makes claim about Leeds’s January plans

Former Leeds United defender Ben Parker has told LS11 that he would be very surprised if Marcelo Bielsa added any signings to his squad during the January transfer window.

Leeds have made a promising start to the campaign. They lead the Championship following their 1-0 win over Reading on Tuesday, and it feels as though they are yet to hit top gear.

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Nevertheless, there are probably areas that the fans would like to see strengthened after the side could not get across the line last year. It does appear to be a stronger squad this time around, but they potentially may not have the depth in some positions to cope with too many more injuries.

But Parker believes that it is still going to be an incredibly quiet winter window for the club. He suggested that any new faces are likely to come from the under-23s.

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“I’d be very, very surprised if we got anybody in January,” he told LS11. “I think he’d come up with a different option. We mentioned people coming through, Robbie Gotts, what a great young player. They’re chomping at the bit, he’s been on the bench loads, just wants some game-time. His attitude’s second to none.

“We’ve got players like that that, for me, I’d rather put into the team than signing somebody.”


Of course, Parker’s view may change if Leeds lose any of their loanees. From the outside, it appears that Spurs and Arsenal may want concerns alleviated about Jack Clarke and Eddie Nketiah respectively.

If Nketiah goes back to the Emirates, Leeds will surely need to sign a striker. The likes of Tyler Roberts, Helder Costa and Jack Harrison could all support Patrick Bamford. Meanwhile, Ryan Edmondson could also come into the equation. But it would be a gamble.

And while Bielsa will be wary of a new signing rocking the boat too much, a further addition may just provide the squad with a timely boost ahead of the final months of the season.

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