Leeds United are surely going to have to sign players in January.
Speaking to LUTV, Leeds defender Liam Cooper has admitted that any signings will be welcomed to Elland Road in January if they are an improvement on the current selection of players Steve Evans can call upon.
When asked if Leeds should sign players in January, Cooper said: “Definitely, if the players are going to better the team. But, I think that’s what we have to look at, obviously if he’s going to come in and make us better and get us results to get us up that table, well then you are welcome every day, definitely.”
Cooper was speaking in the wake of Leeds’ 1-0 loss to QPR at the weekend, when loan signing Liam Bridcutt made his debut for the Whites.
Bridcutt moved into the starting XI immediately following his loan to Leeds, and he was solid if unspectacular in his role as a ball-winning midfielder.
Despite Bridgett’s inclusion, it is clear that more areas of the squad need working upon, and Cooper has admitted that he will welcome signings if they improve the quality of the players that Evans can currently select.
Right-back is a problem position with Gaetano Berardi temperamental and Sam Byram out of the team due to his contract situation, whilst the wide players in Evans’ squad have yet to prove they are suited to be the main attacking outlets in a 4-4-2 system.
Goalscoring is also a key area which needs improvement, and signing a new striker in January should be a priority for the Leeds head coach.
Cooper is under no threat at potentially losing his place in the Leeds team, but with a lot of his teammates struggling, he could be lining up in a much-changed starting XI come the end of the January transfer window.