Shrewd Leeds United transfer decision, and a mistake highlighted

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Leeds are deciding not to pursue further additions on loan, but January was surely a missed opportunity.

Leeds United are deciding not to pursue any transfer targets on loan before the deadline on March 26, head coach Steve Evans has stated.

Speaking at a press conference, reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post, Evans said he feels he has a strong squad and wants to give the players at the club a chance to prove themselves.

Evans has previously discussed his, and the club's, unwillingness to spend money on paying wages to sign a player for a couple of months who is more interested in their own career than the club's.

If Leeds are trying to keep their cash to spend in the summer, it is a shrewd move. There is little point throwing money at this season, with very few players available at this point, and the chances of making the play-offs so slim.

Leeds have though bounced back in recent weeks, winning three games in a row, and facing Huddersfield at home this weekend.

They are up to 13th place, but remain 12 points back from the play-offs and Sheffield Wednesday in sixth position.

The damage to their season has already been done, courtesy of a poor spell in which they won just one of 11 league games across late December, January and February.

This has coincided with Chris Wood being out injured, while Mirco Antenucci has only started scoring during the last three matches, netting four in his last three, having previously failed to score since November.

Leeds needed to have brought a striker in, either permanently or on loan, in early January, who could have helped turn home draws against Fulham, Middlesbrough, and away to Brentford, into wins. 

This was a mistake on the club's part not to reinforce their strikeforce, and had they had done so, they could realistically be talking about a play-off spot right now, and wondering whether another late addition before the loan window closes could seal the deal.

Perhaps they were over-confident in the squad's ability to cope, or alternatively, they gave up their promotion chances early and backed off investing. Either way, fans will want to see the right decisions made next season.

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