Leeds United manager Paul Heckingbottom has dropped a big hint that he will look to improve the playing squad this summer, but he does not believe a “major overhaul” is required.
The current Whites squad looks barely recognisable to the one that Garry Monk led to a seventh place finish last season when Andrea Radrizzani decided to fund a massive overhaul in the summer guided by director of football Victor Orta.
The Spanish transfer chief has been under-fire for seeing the team regress from last term with a host of his signings being dubbed as flops.
Leeds fans are clearly unhappy with how the team is in a worse position now, but Heckingbottom has remained adamant that a major facelift is not needed to improve the club’s fortunes, although “things need changing”.
However he does admit that long-term deals for some squad members “make things difficult”.
Heckingbottom was quoted on Thursday afternoon by Yorkshire Evening Post reporter Phil Hay’s personal Twitter account in his pre-match press conference ahead of the game against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.
Heckingbottom said it doesn't require a "major overhaul" at Leeds in the summer but admitted "things need changing." Said the fact some players are on long-term deals can "make things difficult". "But the good thing is we don't have to lose anyone we don't want to." #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) March 15, 2018
Football Insider verdict
Leeds had one major overhaul last summer, so doing that again this year is perhaps not the best idea. Several new additions as well as clearing out some of the deadwood is perhaps the best way to approach the summer transfer window because a massive shift could upset the squad yet again. Heckingbottom has failed to improve results since taking charge at Elland Road, leading to many suggesting that it was not Thomas Christiansen was the problem when he was sacked last month. The issue is clear that Orta’s signings have not been good enough. Instead of investing money on direct replacements to the likes of Charlie Taylor, Chris Wood and Kyle Bartley, he went for cheap, quantity over quality options and that is why Leeds have gone backwards.