Evans' long-term strategy is limiting his signing options, he should follow these clubs' example

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Leeds United manager Steve Evans is not having much luck in the emergency loan market. Is a change of approach required?

Steve Evans only wants long-term signings at Leeds United and hey, doesn't everyone?

But if his side continues to slide down the Championship table, there'll be no point planning for the future - unless it's with another club.

If Evans wants to keep his job beyond the summer (heck, beyond this weekend even) he'll require a massive upturn in results, and he's unlikely to get that from his current crop of players alone.

It's clear where the club's problems lie (if it isn't: Leeds are the division's second lowest scorers) and adding a few players of a higher calibre in attack - either out wide, centrally or both - if only until the end of the season, could really galvanise the Whites' campaign.

By focusing on the future Evans is drastically limiting his options, with scores of Premier League prospects being starved of first-team opportunities and gagging for competitive games. Serge Gnabry is stagnating at Arsenal, Obbi Oulare can't get a game for Watford, and Liverpool's Jerome Sinclair will be keen to impress his future employers (who won't be in the Championship by all accounts).

A top-half finish, from which Leeds are only five points away at present (well, six when you take into account goal difference), may just keep Evans in a job - whether he believes it or not. And even if he doesn't, a positive end to the campaign will only boost his chances of work elsewhere.

He only need to look around the division for examples of short-term success.

For three seasons before this one, Sheffield Wednesday had little option but to tread water on one of the division's smallest budgets. Often, the club's transfer business was left purposely unfinished as they gambled on finding better value in the loan market. Year after year they managed it, finishing 18th, 16th and 13th in that order.

Wednesday had little chance of landing Everton's Ross Barkley beyond his two-month stay in 2012-13, but a couple of match-winning performances brought his temporary employers six points they perhaps wouldn't have had otherwise - keeping them up by four.

The following season, the goals and assists of Connor Wickham alone (another ex-Leeds loanee) earned the Owls an extra 12 points - across three months of a campaign in which they failed to win a single league game until November!

But it isn't just Wednesday who've profited from the system. Without the separate contributions of Jesse Lingard and Jordon Ibe (seven and two points respectively), Birmingham would have finished bottom with 35 points in 2013-14.

Perhaps Evans has been barred from doing business - it would certainly make sense, after all, he made eight emergency signings alone for Rotherham last season - but if not then on his head be it.

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