Radrizzani has already seen key to Leeds transfer success...it'll cost him

Leeds United have had far more success from permanent transfers this season.

Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Millwall and Leeds United at The Den on September 16, 2017 in London, England.

Leeds United top the Championship table after 16 games and hopes are high that the team can go on and win promotion.

To do so Leeds will need to add to the squad in January, and the way to improve has become clear after the recent transfer window.

Leeds added six players to the squad, two permanent signings and four loan deals.

 

So far it is £3 million signing Barry Douglas who has made the biggest impact and is starring as a weekly starter.

£7 million signing Patrick Bamford has not been able to make an impression due to injury, like loan addition Izzy Brown.

The other three loan players signed have so far been underwhelming.

Lewis Baker and Jamal Blackman can only get a game for the under-23s, and Jack Harrison has flattered to deceive since scoring his first Leeds goal away at Millwall.

Barry Douglas of Leeds United during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield Wednesday v Leeds United at Hillsborough Stadium on September 28, 2018 in Sheffield, England.

It demonstrates that if Leeds are pushing to kick on in January, they should not be hanging their hopes on young loan players.

If Leeds want players who will make an impact, they need to spend, just like Andrea Radrizzani did on Barry Douglas.

That was a remarkably cheap deal for player of his quality, and isn't necessarily repeatable.

Leeds need to consolidate with another winger and a centre-back. To get the right player Leeds must be prepared to pay, as the loanees just aren't making enough of an impact.

A general view of Elland Road during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Fulham at Elland Road on December 13, 2014 in Leeds, England.

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