Jesse Marsch has used his latest press conference to admits he wants one final transfer splurge at Leeds United before the window shuts after confirming he has eyes on a striker signing to bolster his ranks.
The Whites have made a fast start to the new season, winning three of their first four matches. Two of those have come in the Premier League to propel Whites up to third in the fledgling table. To that end, their win over Chelsea on Sunday is widely acclaimed as the best performance under Marsch’s spell in charge.
Their electric start to the season has been fuelled by eight new signings brought into the club this summer. Three of those – Brenden Aaronson, Tyler Adams and Marc Roca – have quickly slotted in and made a big impact.
However, Leeds do not appear to be done in the transfer market this summer. To that end, there remains the possibility that Leeds are looking into signing a new left-back, while the arrival of a new striker may also be on the agenda.
The left-back issue is perhaps less paramount with Pascal Struijk making an excellent start to the season. Filling in for the injured Junior Firpo, Struijk has made the most tackles of any player in the Premier League so far this season.
And with Firpo also nearing a return, it seems unlikely Leeds will make a move to sign a new left-back option.
However, the striker issue remains an area of concern. Patrick Bamford has missed the last two games after leaving the field early against Southampton.
And after missing large chunks of last season with injury, he no longer looks a player Leeds can afford to rely on.
Leeds looking to make striker signing
Thankfully for Leeds, Rodrigo has started the season in the form of his life. He has four goals in three games so far, making him the Premier League’s top scorer.
To that end, Leeds are being linked with a number of striker options, with Hwang Hee-chan the latest player to be linked. The striker is well known to Marsch and is reportedly open to the idea of a move to Elland Road. Furthermore, Wolves have seemingly put a fee on his head which would be within Leeds’ reach.
To add fuel to the fire, Leeds chief executive Angus Kinnear admits the club will continue to be vigilant and active right to the end of the window. And if an opportunity arises, he says they have the funds and the will to take it.
Now it seems Marsch is on board with the idea of a new striker signing too. While not naming names, Marsch admits he does want to bring in a new striker before the window closes.
Asked if he wants a new striker, Marsch answered bluntly: “Yes. How likely? Dependent on a lot of others, how things play out, availability elsewhere.
“We do not have a surplus of money to go out and spend a huge transfer. We’re waiting to see. We’re communicating with agents and clubs. We need to see what their situation is.”
One man Leeds United won’t be signing this summer is Che Adams.
So long linked with Leeds, Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is adamant he won’t be leaving St Mary’s this month.
“I can categorically say that he is our player and he will stay with us and that we love him, especially when he scores goals.
“We will definitely not sell him in the summer.”
Jesse Marsch press conference: Mateusz Klich rumours cleared up
One man who has been strongly linked with a move away from Leeds is Mateusz Klich.
The midfielder – a long-time regular in the side – suddenly finds himself down the pecking order and facing a battle for his shirt.
He was given a first start of the season on Wednesday night as Barnsley were the visitors to Elland Road.
And the Pole responded by scoring twice, the second an excellent-taken trademark Klich finish which was curled into the top corner.
Marsch now insists the player remains happy to stay at Leeds and that he will remain part of their squad this season.
“I’m really happy with Klichy. He’s accepted a different role. The air is clear and he is committed to help how he can.
“For 90 minutes, played against Norwich with the 21s, he was good in that. He continues to be a big factor for us. When we use him, how we use him. He’s excited for the role and taking on the role.”
Marsch added: “He is committed to being here. The role we have discussed is enough for him to continue here for Poland. If he plays like that, Poland will look on that favourably.”