Leeds United have shown early this season that they are capable of a promotion push, but should still look to strengthen their side when the loan window opens on Wednesday 9th September.
Leeds have started the season in good form and remain unbeaten with five Championship matches gone, but will need to add bodies to the squad if they are to stay consistent over the course of the campaign.
The win against Derby County, in which Leeds lined up 4-3-3, showed Uwe Rosler has the quality in his squad to beat any Championship side on their day. However, it also showed the squad do lack options in the wide attacking positions.
Although Stuart Dallas looks at home and comfortable in Rosler's system, Sam Byram playing in a more advanced role showed both the best and worst of him as he struggled to make an impact before he was taken off. The performance won't be a shock, as the position is new to him, but it did show Leeds need options to cover him when he's not on his game, as well as Jordan Botaka.
Manchester City's Brandon Barker, who has already been linked with a move to Elland Road - as revealed by HITC Sport in July - would be the ideal option as they look to cement their place in the promotion race.
Why should Leeds start asking about Barker before the loan window opens?
Although Barker didn't head out on loan before the summer transfer window slammed shut, it's very likely he will be one of the players from the Premier League who will look to make the most of the Football League emergency loan window.
Barker will potentially be one of the best players available to Leeds, and there will be no shortage of suitors as teams look to put the finishing touches to their respective squads.
Leeds will need to act fast in order to sign the talented winger, or risk losing him to a fellow promotion rival when he could make all the difference between now and the January window.
If Rosler starts asking the question now by putting a firm offer on the table, it could give Leeds the upper hand before other clubs can express their interest.