After another uneventful Deadline Day, Head of Content Keith Ingham vents his frustrations at the lack of business Lufc have made today.
Quite simply, Transfer deadline day is usually a massive spectacle for most clubs in football, with players going in and out, fans at the edge of their seats and poor sky sports presenters having blow up dolls thrown at them whilst apologising for the 'lively language'. For Leeds fans; it's a regular day in a bad season, with a bad owner and a squad with so much potential stagnating because we can't add the players we need.
This window I've basically given up, because nothing important was going to happen in Leeds 11 today and I can't help but shake my head when I read that Steve Evans feels he has been backed "100 per cent by the President", the team is severely lacking in many areas including the defence and attacking positions being blatantly obvious to fans.
Mr Cellino should have a nice amount of cash burning a hole in his pocket thanks to the sale of Sam Byram to West Ham United. On top of that, Evans stated prior to the sale of another of the 'jewels' there was money to spend, but Leeds have only captured only two loans in Carayol and Bridcutt and one that actually cost a fee. The undisclosed fee for 'Dave' is rumoured to be in the region of 600k with add ons, this leaves a fair amount of money hanging about in the petty cash tin.
My annoyance is doubled when the club's accounts are delayed once again because it seems that the Italian doesn't want them published for one reason or another and although he seems quite happy for fans to continue to pay through the nose for their football at Elland Road, the ambition shown by the club is minimal at best.
I'm not asking for Messi or Ronaldo but even an idiot like me can see that a few injuries would seriously hamper the team. Chris Wood has played little because of injury and although Sol Bamba should be ok to face Nottingham Forest, it still leaves only three recognised centre backs with a third of the season still to go. Wootton at a pinch could move from right back but it's not the best situation to be in. Without Doukara it is hard to see where the goals would come from on a regular basis and Antenucci is rumoured to want out of Elland Road.
I'm not asking for stupid money to be spent, but a degree of ambition must be shown at some stage to convince the long suffering fans to yet again to renew their season tickets. In view of the changes thus far to fixtures people may well wait or simply not bother at all.
One last thing Mr Cellino, we aren't fools. So please do stop treating us like we are. The money that fights your court cases comes from our pockets and we can stop whenever we like and many may just do so. Other teams have shown ambition and the league table won't lie in May.
By Keith Ingham
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