Five reasons why Leeds missing out on the loan market may not be a terrible thing

Elland Road Revie Stand

Steve Evans' is cutting it very fine if he wishes to add to his squad.

With Leeds United struggling to get any kind of winning run going, it would not have been a surprise to see Steve Evans dip into the loan market to try and recruit some fresh faces who can inject some much needed positivity. 

However, with the deadline looming, it appears increasingly more likely that the squad that Evans currently has to work with will be without additions until January, at the earliest.

While a new signing may have created a buzz upon their arrival, it is safe to say that the Yorkshire side have not had the best of luck when it comes to unearthing gems in the loan window. 

Here are five examples of when the movers and shakers at Elland Road probably didn't have to spend too long deciding whether to extend a temporary signing's deal:

Habib Habibou

Being the man to effectively replace Luciano Becchio was never going to be easy. The Argentinian had only recently become the club's tenth highest goalscorer in the league before he departed for Norwich City. Along with Steve Morison - who was sold to Leeds as part of the deal with the Canaries - Habib Habibou was tasked with filling the void that Becchio left behind.

The striker failed to emulate Becchio in practically every single department. His spell at Elland Road lasted just four goalless games. 

Zan Benedicic 

Signing an AC Milan prospect who had recently been included in the senior squad for a pre-season tour would have probably felt like a great start to Dave Hockaday's managerial tenure. However, like Hockaday's spell in charge, Benedicic's time at Elland Road was brief and forgettable. 

The Slovenian made one league appearance for the club before a knee injury ended his season. He now plays for Italian second division side Como.

Jimmy Kebe

In 2014, Brian McDermott used the loan market in an attempt to add width to his squad. In consecutive days, wingers Cameron Stewart and Jimmy Kebe both arrived, and while Stewart was equally as underwhelming as the Mali international, it was Kebe's performances which felt like the bigger let-down for United supporters.

He didn't get off to the best start for the club, making his debut in the 6-0 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday. He was often criticised for being lazy, and failed to contribute a single assist, something which makes his move seem almost pointless.

Edgar Cani

Anyone who looked at Edgar Cani's record before he arrived at Elland Road would not have been particularly impressed with the Albanian. Sadly for Leeds fans, he lived up to expectations, failing to contribute a single goal from any of his four games.

He gained more notoriety for being one of the six players who pulled out of the squad to face Charlton towards the end of last season. The group all claimed to be injured. However, Leeds fans were less than convinced.


The Brazilian's arrival last season suggested that Leeds were finally going to get the kind of player that would provide flair and creativity in abundance. Sadly, all Adryan will be remembered for was an embarrassing dive against Derby County which seemed to include more flips than a Lomana LuaLua goal celebration.

His talent is unquestionable but as the different managers that Leeds went through last season, tried and failed to find a position on the pitch that would allow them to get the most out of Adryan, it became clear that the playmaker was perhaps too raw to survive in the Championship.

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