By Alex Stevens
Steve Evans is confident Leeds will spend more money on new players in the forthcoming transfer window than last summer.
The Yorkshire giants made concerted alterations to their squad last summer, with Chris Wood and Stuart Dallas the most high-profile signings in a period of recruitment overseen by former boss Uwe Rosler.
Evans wants Leeds to sign up to six quality players in the summer transfer window to mount a serious promotion charge next term.
Leeds are 12th in the Championship with one match of their league campaign remaining following Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at home to already relegated Charlton.
Evans held talks with Massimo Cellino on Friday about the squad and his own future at the club, and hinted that the Italian owner is ready to sanction a major transfer splurge to overhaul a squad that has fallen short of the top clubs in the division.
“I don’t think Mr Cellino is misguided about whether we need to be stronger,” Evans told the Yorkshire Evening Post. “He wants to build a stronger team and in fairness to him, some players who looked good last summer haven’t produced over the season.
“As president you support the head coach and if your head coach gets the players or the recruitment wrong, the president has to take what comes with that. I’ve always maintained that if you don’t get your recruitment right you don’t challenge for honours.
“Anywhere between four and six players would need to arrive in the summer. There’s no point in us signing any more ‘if, buts or maybe’ players. We’re not a club who should be keeping mid-table Championship players around. They have to be somewhere else.
“If you’re head coach, when you look to the bench you have to see some top-six Championship players sitting there. When you change things, you have to know you’re bringing some real quality on. The Championship is unrelenting. You need 21, 22 established top-six players.”
Evans spoke with optimism about his position, which has been the subject of such debate in recent times with just weeks remaining on his Leeds contract.
In spite of the defeat to Charlton, the 53-year-old has comfortably avoided relegation and taken Leeds into the top half of the Championship table.
Evans expects his position to be sorted before Leeds’ final game of the season against Preston next Saturday.
Evans has an increasingly strong hand in negotiations as he is drawing interest from elsewhere, with Peterborough joining Nottingham Forest in being strongly linked with the Leeds manager.
In other Leeds news, Evans has admitted he has changed his mind about one Whites outcast.