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Neil Redfearn says he has spoken to Andrew Umbers about Leeds United loan signings

Neil Redfearn

Can Leeds bring in some fresh faces before the loan window shuts in March?

Leeds United hit a little bit of a speed bump in their recent smooth run of form in midweek, when a depleted side were undone by a good performance from Brighton and Hove Albion.

They lost that game 2-0 but the flakiness of their squad came to the fore. Four strikers on the bench and the first-team decimated by the loss of a right-back playing on the wing - this team certainly still needs some rebuilding.

Manager Neil Redfearn has made no secret of his desire to bring new players in, but with the suspension of Massimo Cellino, the club owner, this month, things behind the scenes have likely been up in the air.

However, Andrew Umbers is now in charge of club affairs and Redfearn has revealed the pair have talked about bringing new faces in, to stop the current run of form from 'fizzling' out. In quotes from the official Leeds United AudioBoom website Redfearn stated: "I've spoken to him [Andrew Umbers] about the fact that we're a little bit light. We're a little bit unbalanced as a squad now, because obviously there's quite a few players gone out. I think I counted that since the turn of the year seven have gone out and three's come in...

"What I don't want to do is, I don't want to let this season fizzle out. I want to finish on a strong run and if we can get some players in that fit the criteria and fit the bill, that we can maybe think about for next year as well. Hopefully we can get some in."

Leeds currently sit in 14th place in the division, but have moved away from the relegation battle. They are ten points clear of Millwall in the final relegation spot with 13 games left and are looking reasonably safe.

However, they are also 17 points off the play-offs, so the current campaign certainly runs the risk of becoming a dead rubber.

That is clearly what Redfearn means when he says a new influx is necessary to stop a 'fizzle' out. He does not want the team to perform like also-rans for the rest of the campaign but at the moment, with a heap of strikers but practically no wingers, he needs some new faces.

Here's hoping he gets some before the end of the loan window.

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