Too much at stake for Leeds United not to make transfers in January

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 boss Marcelo Bielsa

Marcelo Bielsa manager of Leeds United looks on prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield United and Leeds United at Bramall Lane on December 01, 2018 in Sheffield, England.

Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa is not yet tipping his hat when it comes to January transfers.

An injury crisis has led to obvious speculation that Leeds could enter the transfer market to buy new players.

Bielsa does not agree, telling reporters at his press conference that he is confident he can coach through the crisis and does not want to add new faces, the Yorkshire Post  reported.

 

This is an admirable stance, and one Bielsa has indicated he may be able to pull off, turning round a struggling Leeds side to turn them into title challengers in the Championship.

Whether owner Andrea Radrizzani will agree is another matter.

Leeds have too much at stake not to go for it.

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.

Sitting second in the league at present in December, this is the best position Leeds have been in at this time since they were relegated to England's second tier.

The reward of promotion is surely too much for Leeds' ambitious owners to simply sit back.

A 2017 study estimated that the financial reward of promotion is £170 million per club, ESPN reported.

Radrizzani's recent missives towards Sky and the disparity in payment towards Premier League and Championship teams makes clear the top flight is where he wants to be.

A cash injection of £10-15 million in January is nothing compared to the rewards on offer.

The Italian owner and his management team may disagree with Bielsa, and will want to maximise Leeds' chances of success.

Radrizzani is not the only one with a say, having sold 10 per cent to the 49ers in the summer. They also may want to really kick on from this position.

More injuries may force Bielsa's hand to accept further help. Radrizzani must be careful of course that he does not upset the brilliant but unpredictable coach.

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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