Leeds must be ready to change their January plans
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Leeds must be wary of cautious January approach

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In comments reported by Leeds Live, Marcelo Bielsa has hinted that Leeds are likely to enjoy a quiet January window. The head coach alluded to how difficult it is to get business done during the winter.

It will not surprise the Elland Road faithful that Bielsa appears to be making few plans. He kept faith with the majority of the squad over the summer, and Barry Douglas is the only signing to make himself a regular fixture in the side.

But Leeds need to be wary if they do decide to enjoy a quiet window.

In the previous two seasons, we have found ourselves in play-off contention when January arrives. In both windows, few signings were made and it appeared to prove costly.

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Leeds agonisingly seemed to run out of steam under Garry Monk. And the weak areas of the squad were painfully exposed last season. A better January may not have taken us across the line on either occasion, but the club did not seem to give itself the best chance.

Bielsa is obviously getting significantly more out of the team than Thomas Christiansen and Paul Heckingbottom did last season. And that may be what convinces the club to shut up shop in a couple of months.

But Leeds would be wise to keep their options open heading into January in case some of the problems that cropped up in the last two years threaten to reemerge.

Having said that, Bielsa has rarely been proven wrong since arriving at Elland Road.

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