'Not what fans wants to hear' - Exclusive: Noel Whelan reacts to Leeds transfer update
Noel Whelan says that Leeds United fans will not be too happy to hear Victor Orta’s admission of a quiet January transfer window but that things could change at Elland Road.
The former Leeds striker and lifelong fan of the Whites, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that there is plenty to happen between now and the start of the new year which could impact the club’s recruitment plans for the winter market.
Orta has been quoted as saying that the club are set to continue their “conservative” approach to transfers from the summer window and that it will be “quiet” when it comes to incomings.
Whelan says the Elland Road faithful will not be best pleased with their Sporting Director’s admission but says it is a lot less clear-cut than the Spaniard makes out.
Whelan told Football Insider: “It’s not what fans wants to hear, at any club: ‘We’re going to be quiet and not spending too much.’
“Things change, things can change very quickly. Depending how things, over the next couple of months, go, there might be a little bit of help along the line, one player that comes in to the football club.
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“We don’t know what’s going to happen with Ben White. Brighton might say that they’re not going to recall him but at the same time, if a big offer comes in for him it’s going to be out of the manager’s hands. That will be the board that make that decision, if a big offer comes in.”
After signing the likes of Patrick Bamford, Barry Douglas and Kiko Casilla during the 2018/19 campaign, the summer transfer window saw a lack of permanent arrivals with Ben White, Eddie Nketiah, Illan Meslier and Helder Costa all arriving on loan.
In other Leeds United news, Danny Mills claims that an official update from Elland Road is a “blessing in disguise” for the club.