Why did Leeds United not make a signing on transfer deadline day?
Leeds United fans were left frustrated by the club's failure to do a deal on transfer deadline day, despite expectations otherwise.
The Whites missed out on signing a striker in the transfer window entirely, despite the recent injury problems sustained by striker Chris Wood, and have been relying on Souleymane Doukara bailing the team out with his recent resurgence.
Here are five possible reasons they did not do a deal...
Not close enough
Club owner Massimo Cellino may simply have felt the club were not close enough to winning promotion, and elected to keep his powder dry for the summer. Leeds are in 14th place and 11 points back from the play-offs, but have played a game more than many of the sides around them. Had they been closer to achieving their goal, Cellino may have been more willing to invest.
Not enough funds
Perhaps there simply was not the money available to splash out on the players they wanted? That may seem an odd statement with £3.7 million accrued from selling Sam Byram to West Ham, but the club's finances remain somewhat of a mystery, and the funds could be needed to plug gaps elsewhere, hence the paltry £300,000 bid for Barnsley's Sam Winnall.
Now this would be interesting. Could Massimo Cellino have been unwilling to sign players because he is plotting to sell the club? For fans who are sick of the Italian, this would be a welcome consolation, if credible news of a takeover begins to filter through.
Leeds lost head of recruitment, Martyn Glover, mid-way through the transfer window. He quit to rejoin old West Ham boss Sam Allardyce at Sunderland, and it may be no coincidence that they were left floundering in the final days leading up to deadline.
Saving for loan
It was no secret Leeds were trying to do a deal for Norwich's Kyle Lafferty, who appears no closer to their first team. Fortunately there is a loan window opening next week, and Leeds may be able to get their man without paying a fee, with the Canaries no longer in position to negotiate a price. Choosing to wait an extra week or so could prove to be a shrewd move.