By Alan Hutton

10th Sep, 2021 | 5:00pm

Pundit fears Leeds have made double transfer blunder after Orta reveal

Alan Hutton has insisted Leeds should have signed cover for stars Patrick Bamford and Kalvin Phillips in the transfer window.

The former Spurs defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the Whites may have taken a “risk” not strengthening more over summer.

Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post, director of football Victor Orta insisted the “versatility” of some players meant Leeds chose not to recruit heavily this summer.

They were in the hunt for Huddersfield’s Lewis O’Brien.

A Leeds source has told Football Insider that the 22-year-old remains in Marcelo Bielsa’s sights, and a winter window deal is considered a possibility.

The Terriers star would provide cover for England star Phillips.

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Hutton also insisted Leeds could have also done with another striking option to help “lighten the load” in case Bamford endures a rocky spell.

“Time will tell if they’ve taken a risk,” he told Football Insider‘s Russell Edge.

“Patrick Bamford is someone who the manager trusts – Bielsa knows that he will score goals.

“I think you always need someone to push you along when you’re having a dip in form, or things aren’t going your way – that’s when you need someone to come in and lighten the load.

“It could be a situation that they’ve missed out on.

“The big one, for me, is Kalvin Phillips. They’re a different team without him, and they needed to bring in cover for him.

“They struggle without him, so they need someone to fill that specialist spot.

“Time will tell how good they’ve been in the market. However, I do think Dan James will be a brilliant addition.”

In other news, this pundit has insisted it is “ridiculous” Raphinha could be banned for Leeds United.