Garry Monk reveals his January transfer plans for Leeds
By Amir Mir
Garry Monk has stated that he is looking to add quality to his Leeds squad when the January transfer window opens next month.
The Whites currently occupy the final play-off spot in the Championship table as they are aiming for promotion to the Premier League this season.
The Yorkshire club have not tasted top-flight football for 12 years, but their belief of returning to the promised land has been hugely boosted by the work Monk has done since his arrival in the summer.
He has managed to change the fortunes of a side that has failed to cause any threat to the top six in recent years and he has done it with a very young crop of players.
This was Monk’s response to former Liverpool striker Stan Collymore, when asked if he is looking to add any seniors to his squad when the transfer window opens next month.
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“Yes, I have spoken to the club about that,” Monk told Call Collymore on December 10.
“We’re not a big squad as it is and we’re already having those bumps and bruises, it’s a tough league the Championship, it’s relentless. The lads have put in a lot of physical effort into all the games, so I think the squad does need to be helped a bit.
“But it will only be players who can help the squad, it has got to be the right one to keep the level of the quality or even push the quality even higher.”
Monk’s side suffered defeat last time out, when Chris Hughton’s Brighton inflicted a 2-0 defeat on the Whites on Friday night.
The loss at the Amex Stadium dented Leeds chances of closing the gap on the top two, with Brighton, who are in second place, ten points ahead of the Yorkshire giants.
Leeds will now host Reading at Elland Road on Tuesday evening, before taking on Brentford four days later in what is set to be a busy and important festive period.