Victor Orta has told Off The Pitch that there may be money for Leeds to spend in the January transfer window, but the Spaniard is confident that the club will not have to spend much after bringing in some excellent loan signings.
The Whites did not spend a penny in the summer, though they brought in six players on loan. Jack Clarke returned from Tottenham after completing a permanent move to Spurs, while Jack Harrison came back for a second loan from Man City.
His deal includes a permanent clause, while Helder Costa joined on an initial loan that will become permanent next summer. Illan Meslier, Eddie Nketiah and Ben White also joined from Lorient, Arsenal and Brighton on season-long loans.
Spanish director of football Orta does not believe that money needs to be spent in January, but did state that there could be a pot of cash to splash if needed come the midway point of the campaign.
“We need to keep the same goal with financial restrictions (FFP). We need to keep the goal of promotion,” Orta said. “After the summer transfer market we are really happy that I think we improved the squad, keeping the economical restrictions.
The interviewer also stated: “Orta says there may be money to spend on players in January but hopes it is not necessary to splash out too much thanks to the string of shrewd loan signings.”
TBR’s view – If Leeds are active in January, where will they invest?
The major problem in the summer was a lack of wingers, and replacing Kemar Roofe and Pontus Jansson. But Leeds solved the latter duo by bringing in Nketiah and White on loan.
Out wide, Leeds now have a plethora of options. Clarke, Harrison and Costa were all signed, while the Whites also boast Pablo Hernandez, Stuart Dallas, Gjanni Alioski and then more from the Under-23 side.
The one place that Leeds may look to add is at centre-back, but White has started in excellent fashion. Luke Ayling can play there, as can Gaetano Berardi and Pascal Struijk is showing excellent potential in the Under-23 side.
Even if there is money, Leeds do not need to spend it – if they remain injury free.