By Kevin Phillips

15th Oct, 2021 | 6:00pm

Phillips raises Leeds relegation fears after 'surprise' Hay transfer update

Kevin Phillips has claimed Leeds United could find themselves “scrapping” to avoid relegation if they do not strengthen in January.

The former Sunderland hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the Whites need to add “one or two” in the winter transfer window.

As reported by The Athletic’s Phil Hay (October 8th), the Yorkshire club are reluctant to bring in reinforcements in January.

The report claims club director Victor Orta believes the winter window represents “poor value for money”.

However, Hay maintained that this position could change if the club’s league position causes “acute concern”.

Leeds currently sit 16th in the table.

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Phillips insisted he would be “surprised” should Leeds United choose not to make any additions in January, hinting at a potential relegation scrap this term.

“I’d be very surprised if they didn’t get anyone in January,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

“We all know that Marcelo Bielsa likes to work with a smaller, tight-knit group.

“But then when you’ve got an international player who can’t get back, for example, or a couple of injuries – all of a sudden you’re stretched thin and can find yourself scrapping around the bottom of the Premier League.

“It would surprise me if they weren’t looking to strengthen in the window.

“Maybe there’s no money available – but I think they need one or two for the back end of the season.”

Leeds have been plagued with fitness issues at the start of this term.

Key men including Raphinha, Patrick Bamford, Kalvin Phillips and Luke Ayling have all struggled with injury problems at some stage.

These setbacks have coincided with poor form on the pitch, with just one league win under their belts.

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