Neil Warnock claimed Leeds United were still suffering from the summer sale of former captain Robert Snodgrass after drawing a blank in his search for a loanee winger.
Warnock admitted that his “only regret” this season was failing to find a long-term successor for Scotland international Snodgrass, who left for Norwich City in a £3million transfer towards the end of July.
Leeds have experimented with a variety of wide players, including Jerome Thomas who came to Elland Road on a short-term loan from West Brom before Christmas, and Warnock continued to look for an additional winger after bidding unsuccessfully for Birmingham City’s Chris Burke during the January transfer window.
United manager Warnock said: “We’ve talked about certain things but the players who are accessible I don’t think are better than what we have already.
“Like Jerome Thomas showed us, we could do with a bit of pace. That’s my only regret. We’ve not really replaced Snodgrass and he’s been the player. If I’d had the choice to keep hold of anyone, it would have been him.
“The directness and the quality he’s got, running at people – there’s no substitute for that.”