Leeds need new additions in attacking midfielder sooner rather than later.
Leeds United may finally admit they need to enter the transfer market this month for a new number 10, after Lewis Baker returned to parent club Chelsea – and a West Ham United star could be perfect.
Baker returned to Stamford Bridge this week and is now reportedly set to join another Championship side in Reading, who are fighting against relegation towards the bottom of England’s second tier.
Leeds have already lost Samu Saiz in the middle of the park this month, who joined Getafe on a loan-to-buy deal that is likely to see the playmaker sign for the La Liga outfit permanently in the summer.
Pablo Hernandez has moved from his position on the right flank into the middle alongside Poland international Mateusz Klich, while Wales cap Tyler Roberts – who is naturally a striker – was played deeper against QPR last time out.
Leeds need an attacking midfielder who is able to score goals just as easily as being able to create them and Bielsa should consider a move for West Ham attacker Lucas Perez.
The Evening Standard claim Perez could leave just half a season after joining the east Londoners from Arsenal in the summer, with Spanish side Real Betis said to be interested in the ex-Deportivo hitman.
But Perez is more than just a striker and has showed in recent years that he can also play in the number 10 role. Before joining the Hammers, Perez played from the number 10 role at Deportivo on loan from Arsenal.
He scored nine goals and created eight more in Spain’s top tier, and landing the ex-Arsenal ace this month to add cover both up front and in attacking midfielder would give Leeds proper quality in the final third.
Though an ambitious signing, Leeds have got to try and tempt both Perez and West Ham into agreeing a move.