By Frank McAvennie

27th Sep, 2021 | 10:06am

Bielsa told to sign 'six' Leeds players in January after another shattering injury blow - pundit

Frank McAvennie has told Leeds United to sign “five or six” players in January after their dreadful start to the new season.

The former Hammers forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, reacted as the Whites fell to another defeat against West Ham on Saturday.

A late goal from Michail Antonio stole the three points at Elland Road after the home side initially took the lead.

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Leeds have been hit with an early-season injury crisis as Luke Ayling, Patrick Bamford, Robin Koch, Adam Forshaw and Diego Llorente missed the clash.

To make matters worse, Pascal Struijk remained suspended, leaving youngster Charlie Cresswell partnering Liam Cooper in the heart of the defence.

After the West Ham game, Bielsa also revealed Forshaw will miss at least a month after a setback in his recovery while speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post.

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McAvennie insists Leeds will always have players injured with Marcelo Bielsa’s style of football and urged them to beef up their squad.

“Leeds play with such a high tempo,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“It’s so intense, if you play like that, there will be injuries. They haven’t prepared for that.

“They aren’t like Manchester City, they don’t have two different starting sides.

“There’s nothing Bielsa can do about that. He won’t change his style for anyone.

“They have to go out in January and buy five or six, I’m not joking.

“If they want to keep playing like that, with players flying into tackles, people will get injured.”

Leeds currently sit in the relegation zone without a league win to their name.

The Whites next face Watford at Elland Road next Saturday.

In other news, Leeds could sign Sibley for bargain fee in January after £10m reveal – ex-Derby coach.