Leeds chief shares update on club's emergency loan plans amid striker interest
By Alex Stevens
Steve Evans has revealed that Leeds have no plans to make any new signings before next week’s loan deadline.
Football League clubs are allowed to recruit new signings up until the emergency loan window shuts on 24 March.
Leeds have been strongly linked this week with a fresh move for Norwich striker Kyle Lafferty, but Evans explained that the combination of an improvement in the team’s form and the return of several players from injury had altered the stance of the Championship club.
Forward Chris Wood has returned from a hamstring injury and Italian Mirco Antenucci has scored four goals in his last three matches to become the club’s leading marksman this season with nine goals.
Evans has not made any signings since the emergency window – the last of its kind before FIFA closes that loophole this summer – opened in early February and the manager, whose side are on a run of three straight wins, explained: “As a coach you’re always looking, just to see what’s available and what’s not, but I’d be doing the boys in the dressing room a disservice if I wasn’t looking inward first.
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“On Saturday we’ll have our strongest bench since I came in here. That must tell you we think the team is strong. I think when we look at the options we’ve got, not only on the bench but some players who aren’t even getting stripped, it shows you we’re getting stronger.
“When we’re as strong as that, I don’t think we need anyone in the building.”
Right-back Gaetano Berardi is fit again after a long-term ankle injury, with second-choice goalkeeper Ross Turnbull wthe only notable absentee against Huddersfield on Saturday.
Evans appears equally unwilling to allow any players to leave Elland Road on a temporary basis ahead of the Thursday’s deadline, saying he was guarding against a run of eight games in 28 days during April.
“We’re minded that we’ve got a schedule coming up that’s pretty hectic, a game every three days or so,” he said. “That’s going to test the whole group.”