Sky Sports pundit David Prutton has urged Leeds United director of football Victor Orta to sign more experienced Championship players in the summer.
Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani has been critical of the playing squad in the last week, saying that there are some who lack passion and commitment.
The Yorkshire giants have won just one game since Boxing Day and have plummeted down the standings, leaving any hopes of finishing in the play-offs all but dead and buried.
Many supporters have pointed to the fact that the summer recruitment led by Orta was simply not good enough to help build on what Garry Monk achieved last term.
Now, ex-Leeds midfielder Prutton has urged Radrizzani to back Orta with the funds to sign players who are battle-hardened in the Championship, suggesting that quality over quantity is needed at Elland Road.
“Leeds have brought in a load of players in this past season through Victor Orta,” said Prutton on the Yorkshire Evening Post website.
“But the finer details of that are the most important part.
“You are casting your net far and you could say ‘right, if we get 25 players in, if four of them do well then do we make that a good return?’ Probably not, no.
“And why not get that pot of money and spend it on three or four players that maybe have 200 or 300 appearances at Championship level or higher that have got promotions under their belt.
“Why not do that? Why are Leeds not attracting players of that calibre. Why not? Because it must boil down to money.”
Football Insider verdict
It is pretty obvious that Orta has not been doing a good job since he was hired by Radrizzani last year. The ex-Middlesbrough director has had a lot more misses that hits after splashing a lot of money to strengthen the squad. Samuel Saiz is arguably the best while many have been impressed by Adam Forshaw, who is a player who could be described by what Prutton wants Leeds to sign. Everyone says that clubs need players with Championship experience to earn promotion and that is true in the most part. Cardiff have those sorts of players and look at their position right now. Leeds can’t risk another major overhaul in the summer but adding a strong spine to the team is a must.
In other Leeds United news, the Whites have terminated this 24-year-old defender’s deal at the club.