By Oliver Ward
We’ve been here before, waiting on deadline hoping for a signing only for our hopes to be dashed. After that what is there? The emergency loan market. Neil Warnock heavily strengthened the team over the summer to bring in experienced figures such as Drury and Kenny, he did strengthen every position, but I feel we are lacking in wide men, yes we have Diouf, Varney and White but I feel we need more quality and “flair” if we are to go up this season.
With the lack of funds making an acquisition in a wide player impossible Neil Warnock must now turn his attention to the “Emergency loan market”, but who will be available? We will not know until teams finalise their 25 man squads. After they have we should have a good idea of who is available. From rumours we can establish that players such as Abdul Razak (Manchester City), Gary O’Neil (West Ham United) and Kerim Frei (Fulham). After seeing 4 games of Varney now I feel he is lazy and isn’t commited, basically he needs a rocket up his arse, so again we need someone to challenge him for a spot which will hopefully provide the spark to get him into action and get him playing well.
Another position I feel we need strengthening is Strikers. Yes you might say Becchio and McCormack are scoring but what if they get injured? Who do we have to replace them with besides Andy Gray, no offence to Andy but he isn’t what you might call “prolific” and with Somma being out until at least October we need more players who can fill in the in striker role. The one target for me would have to be DJ Campbell (QPR), proven goal scorer and hard worker with a bit of pace, just what we need.
But will these loan players be enough to get us up? I’m sure Warnock has a plan up his sleeve but with the “Don’t hold your breath” comment when questioned over possible loans it has sparked a furious debate of whether we can get a loan player in. With the team as it stands now I would say we are good enough to get to the play-offs, but with the right players coming in and an already well established team spirit I feel we can push to make the automatic spots.
But whoever we sign the most important player in all of this is us, the fans. The noise generated when we scored and were singing was incredible. We really can be the 12th man this season. Every side will hate playing at Elland Road if we keep that up and eradicate the ‘Bates Out” chants which was only sung by a small minority of the kop on Saturday.