Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa is adamant that he does not need to panic buy in the January transfer window in the wake of two straight defeats.

The Whites remain on top of the Championship despite losing their last two matches to Hull City and Nottingham Forest.

Their advantage over second-placed Norwich City has been cut to two points and Leeds are not in action again until January 12 when they welcome Derby County to Elland Road.

Hull put two goals past the Whites without reply on Saturday before Forest beat them 4-2 on New Years’ Day after Kalvin Phillips was sent off.

Bielsa’s Leeds squad has been light on available defenders with Luke Ayling, Gaetano Berardi and Liam Cooper all suffering injuries during the first half of the season.

In December, he appeared open to the possibility of signing players and agents were on alert that the Whites would be looking to sign a goalkeeper and were looking to loaning in outfield players.

With Ayling now back in the side and Cooper close to a return, Bielsa has made it clear that he is in no rush to bring new defenders to Leeds.

“We don’t have any problem in defence,” Bielsa told The Daily Express.

“If you take out the goals scored from set-pieces we are the team that concedes the least goals in actions.”

Bielsa feels that once he is able to pick from a fully fit Leeds squad, his defence will be much stronger, and therefore he does not need to raid the transfer market.

“Obviously, set-pieces are a part of the defensive actions,” he continued.

“We can’t hide the fact we are lacking good headers like Berardi and Cooper.”

Following knee surgery, Cooper is scheduled to return towards the end of January while Berardi is not expected to be fit until late February.

However, with Phillips now due to serve a suspension, it does leave him short of options for the immediate future – not that he seems unduly worried.

“Even if in the last game we made some corrections, the solutions we found are not final solutions,” the Leeds boss said.

“I don’t think we can solve this problem with a new player.”


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