Don Goodman believes Leeds United's prospects could hinge on their ability to get around the transfer ban.
Former Wolves and West Brom striker Don Goodman says Leeds' transfer ban is compiling the club's current problems.
Two successive defeats have changed the outlook at the club to one still aspiring for play-offs, to suddenly looking over their shoulders at the relegation places.
They are 12 points off sixth place, and only five away from the drop zone.
Goodman told SkySports' Football League show that their position places the strain on those already at the club.
He said: "They are too close to the bottom of table for comfort really.
"So if they are not going to be allowed to do anything in January it could put enormous pressure on current resources."
Leeds' success could really come from how well they are able to creatively get around their transfer embargo during the coming window.
They are still permitted to sign free agents and players on loan, and are already said to be looking at their options.
The way the ban is full of loopholes like the above, relieves the 'enormous pressure' Goodman cites them as being under, as they can almost operate as normal.
For years of underinvestment by former owner Ken Bates, it was almost like there was a transfer ban in place, with Leeds having to scratch around for free deals and loan options.
Their position in the table is still concerning, but fortunately it does not look like the ban will be a principle reason behind it getting worse.