Noel Whelan has tipped Leeds United to strengthen the midfield in the transfer window after the failed Michael Cuisance pursuit last summer.
The former Leeds striker and lifelong fan at Elland Road, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, believes the Whites will be looking at adding competition and cover in the middle of the park after failing to do so last summer.
As detailed in FIFA’s transfer market report for 2020, only five clubs in Europe – Chelsea, both Manchester clubs, Barcelona and Juventus – spent more money on new signings than Leeds last year.
However, there were no new midfield signings as a deal for Michael Cuisance fell through at the medical stage.
As such, Marcelo Bielsa has had to rely on the likes of Klich, Kalvin Phillips, Pascal Struijk and Jamie Shackleton in the centre of the pitch this season.
Whelan admitted he has not been impressed with either Klich or Struijk in recent weeks and believes the club will be looking at rectifying the issue this month.
Whelan told Football Insider: “We didn’t do too much business (in the summer), we did sensible business in areas that we needed and quality through the spine.
“I still think we could have done with getting another midfield player through the door, obviously the medical didn’t go through for Cuisance but we still must be looking in that area
“I think a central midfield player because Klich has gone off the boil, he seems to be drifting through games at the minute and not having that stamp on the game that he normally has, so I think we need more backup there and quality.
“We see what happens when we missed Kalvin, we lose some kind of momentum in our style of play and when he comes back we catch it again, so it just goes to show how important that role is for how we go and play games.
“Struijk was a passenger again in that position and looks out of place. He goes back to centre-half, he looks the player that we all expect him to be. That’s a difficult one because we don’t have any backup for Kalvin.”
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