COMMENT By Will Butcher
Andrea Radrizzani and the rest of his new Leeds board are playing a perilous transfer game, and it could even result in them losing Garry Monk in the summer.
The Leeds manager confirmed that he is set to lose academy product Alex Mowatt to Championship rivals Barnsley, but has said he believes the board would only sell the 21-year-old if new arrivals are coming in.
Monk will have already been irritated by the decision to sell Mowatt, after stating earlier in the month that he did not want any players to leave.
Speaking ahead of Sunday’s FA Cup clash against Sutton United, Monk is assuming that Mowatt’s departure means that co-owner Radrizzani is set to sign two new players.
However, with only four days remaining in the January transfer window, Radrizzani has a fight on his hands and Monk’s desires could be left unrequited.
With just six months remaining on manager Monk’s contract, a lack of movement in the transfer window could see Monk become frustrated and disillusioned at Elland Road.
With his contract situation still up in the air, the 37-year-old manager could even decide to jump ship at the end of the season if Leeds fail to secure promotion and he gets a good offer from a Premier League club.
Leeds fans will be desperate to see their manager stay in the dugout, after orchestrating the Yorkshire giants’ wonderful form this season which sees them sit in third in the Championship.
Radrizzani must take Monk’s demands seriously and bring two new players to Yorkshire. By Monk going public he’s put the ball firmly in the club’s hands and attempted to force their hand.
It might all come to nothing and Monk might be satisfied come the transfer deadline. With everything going so well on the pitch though, fans will be desperately hoping that nothing goes wrong off it. And this will be worrying.
In other Leeds news, Stan Collymore has predicted Sunday’s clash against Sutton.