Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn recently revealed that it was far more likely players would be leaving on loan this month than arriving.
But there is one young player who could make a significant impact at Elland Road if he arrived in what remains of the emergency loan period.
That player is Manchester United winger Demetri Mitchell – a 17-year-old with pace to burn and an eye for goal.
Mitchell’s current contract at Old Trafford expires next summer and despite reports Louis van Gaal plans to offer him a new deal, a loan move could prove once and for all that he deserves to be part of United’s first-team plans in the future.
Mitchell made headlines in the summer when he scored four goals in one match in the Milk Cup and he followed that up by scoring a hat-trick in a 3-2 win over Newcastle United’s youth side at the start of the season.
A quick, dynamic player who likes to go past opponents, with the ability to both score and provide, Mitchell would be an excellent option for Redfearn considering the tough run of matches his side is about to face.
While Leeds’ first-choice XI currently takes care of itself, Mitchell could be a great asset from the bench, his speed likely to cause tiring opponents plenty of problems and his desire to make the next step up something that could encourage fine performances no matter how little he features.
Redfearn is also famous for getting the best out of young players and he could utilise Mitchell as he has the likes of Alex Mowatt and Adryan.
If Leeds have realistic aspirations of breaking into the top-six this season they will need that extra spark to change games late on.
In Mitchell they would have someone willing to prove himself who has already tasted success as part of England's under-17s' European Championship-winning side.
Rather than continue to shine for United’s under-18s, it would be a wise move for all if Mitchell temporarily joined a club full of blossoming young talent. He really does have the talent to change the tightest of games and that could be the difference between success and failure for Leeds come May.