Former Leeds United midfielder David Norris has suggested the Whites may have missed out on signings due to the time it took for Marcelo Bielsa to sign a new contract.
It was not until 12 August that Bielsa officially extended his stay at Elland Road for another year, although it had been made apparent previously that the club were confident he would remain in charge.
Leeds have faced criticism for their lack of activity in the transfer market, having brought in just three first-team signings since the end of the 2020/21 campaign.
Norris, who represented the Whites between 2012 and 2015, has mentioned the possibility that the time taken to tie Bielsa down could have cost the club signings.
Norris told This Is Futbol: “When it comes to signing players, they move for the manager quite a lot of the time. The manager will be the one that sells it to them.
“They might have even lost out on three or four players because of not knowing what is going on with Bielsa.”
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Leeds did manage to land left-back Junior Firpo from Barcelona, as well as highly-rated Valerenga goalkeeper Kristoffer Klaesson. They also secured the services of Jack Harrison on a permanent deal from Manchester City after having him on the books as a loanee for three seasons.
However, supporters have voiced concerns that Leeds require bolstering in other areas such as central midfield, prompting chief executive Angus Kinnear to come out and defend the club’s transfer strategy.
The club have been heavily linked with a swoop for Huddersfield Town midfielder Lewis O’Brien, although he remains part of Carlos Corberan’s squad at the John Smith’s Stadium and notched in their 4-0 rout of Reading at the weekend.
Although Leeds are not expected to recruit heavily following Kinnear’s staunch defence of their less aggressive transfer market approach, links with players continue to appear.
Daniel James’ name is circulating once again after The Sun revealed he could be set to leave Manchester United on loan or on a permanent deal.
Leeds will be hoping their current squad is enough to get the job done at Turf Moor today, where they will face Sean Dyche’s Burnley at 2pm.