Garry Monk delivers Leeds transfer update after FA Cup defeat, fans should be worried
By Amir Mir
Garry Monk has re-iterated that his team needs new players but has said the Leeds hierarchy are “best to answer” when the club will sign them.
Monk’s comment come after the Whites were beaten 1-0 by non-league side Sutton in the FA Cup which saw them exit the competition in humiliating fashion.
The Yorkshire club are yet to add any new additions to their squad this month with the January window set to slam shut on Tuesday.
This is the second time that he has made reference to needing new additions – he previously said that he assumed the club would make two new signings after admitting Alex Mowatt was on the verge of leaving.
Today’s statement ratchets up the pressure on the club and represents the first hint of a crisis at Elland Road, since Leeds’ surge up the table.
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With the transfer deadline just 48 hours away, the club will need to work hard if it wants to keep its manager happy – and with less than six months left on his contract, that could be crucial to the club’s long-term success, specially if they don’t get promotion this season.
It’s a worrying time for Leeds fans, at a time when they should be celebrating some of the best results in their recent history.
Here is Monk delivering the update on the club’s transfers as reported by Yorkshire Evening Post reporter Phil Hay.
Monk on transfers: "I've said it all along we need players. Maybe the club are best to answer when and where that's going to happen." #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) January 29, 2017
Prior to their FA Cup defeat to Sutton, Monk fielded a similarly weaker side in the previous round against League Two Cambridge.
They narrowly picked up a win during that game but alarm bells are ringing now with regards to squad depth, after they were beaten by a non-league side.
At this moment in time, the Whites are fourth in the Championship table on 51 points from their 28 games, seven points ahead of seventh-placed Barnsley.
Their next two encounters are away fixtures to league strugglers Blackburn and a Yorkshire derby against promotion rivals Huddersfield.
Monk will be keen for his side to stop the defeats on the road as they have now been beaten in their last two away matches in all competitions.
In other Leeds transfer news, Simon Walton has stated how many signings the club needs to make before Tuesday’s deadline.