With the January transfer window coming and going without anyone at Elland Road seeming to notice, we can only hope that Massimo Cellino makes good use of the emergency loan window. Even writing that sentence takes me back to the Bates era (shudder).
The emergency window opened on Tuesday. Business can be done until March 24th, and players will be allowed to sign for anything between 28 and 93 days. So, let’s take a quick look at four players Leeds should/could try to bring in for the rest of the season.
1. Bertrand Traore – Chelsea – Striker
After coming off the bench against MK Dons the other week and having a very successful spell on loan at Vitesse the previous season, scoring 17 from 48, Bertrand Traore is clearly a very talented prospect for the future. With Guus Hiddink not quite ready to give the 20-year-old his chance though, he may be looking for a loan move to get some more first team football under his belt over the next 3 months. It would be an ambitious move for Leeds but with him quite far down the pecking order at Chelsea just now, he would be my number one choice this February.
2. Kyle Lafferty – Norwich – Striker
Okay, so this may be a predictable one but Kyle Lafferty is clearly someone Leeds have been looking at for a while. It didn’t happen in January for some reason or another, but with Lafferty needing first team football to get in Northern Irish good books, he will certainly be pushing to leave Norwich sooner rather than later. Lafferty would be further down my list than the others, but he's clearly a Leeds target, so he's number two here. I saw him play a lot at Rangers and he is dangerous for sure, but with the lack of pure goals, I would be trying to gain a few others first.
3. Ola Aina – Chelsea – Defender
Aina is very highly rated down at Stamford Bridge and has already attracted plenty of attention from other Premier League clubs, and he recently turned down a contract extension at Chelsea. With him putting in some sterling performances for the under 21's, a first-team stint in the Championship would be the logical next step for Ola Aina. He is certainly a target Leeds should be looking at for the rest of the season. Whether they actually will is another question entirely.
4. Rolando Aarons – Newcastle – Winger
Aarons is another young talent who hasn’t quite made the breakthrough at his parent club yet. Signing for Newcastle a few years back, he has been put in some very good performances for the under 21’s as well as the England under 20’s. Having suffered a hamstring injury over Christmas this may have put a few clubs off over January. With him back playing again now though, he would be a good threat to add to the Leeds attack.
After a very disappointing January, I’m sure most Leeds fans would take most any players on loan in this window. Who would you want Massimo to look at this February? Is Kyle Lafferty good enough for a permanent place with the Whites? Do Traore, Aina, or Aarons sound like better fits to you? Let us know in the comments section below.