Leeds United: Evans hopes Cellino will back him in the window

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Steve Evans wants to encourage Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino to spend in January by climbing into the Championship’s top 10.

The former Rotherham United manager has overseen two straight wins against Cardiff City and Huddersfield Town in his last two games, which has lifted the Whites to 15th in the Championship.

Evans has seen a series of potential incomings falter prior to completion. A mooted loan deal for Sunderland midfielder Liam Bridcutt, on paper not the most taxing of transfers, has been in the offing for weeks but not managed to cross the finish line.

Norwich City manager Alex Neil also said yesterday that Kyle Lafferty would not be leaving Carrow Road, despite interest from Evans.

Evans believes that the owner will spend if the club does find itself among the promotion mix come January.

He said: “There was great expectation here in the summer. When Leeds sign people like Chris Wood and Stuart Dallas, what comes from that is expectation that this could be the season where perhaps they get into the top half and then who knows.

“When the president here goes out and spends, I’m guessing, in excess of £3 million on Wood and probably a couple of million on Dallas, he’s showing a willingness to put his hand in his pocket.

“From an owner’s point of view, you want to find a reason to spend money. The only way I can convince the president here to put his hand in his pocket if for me to give him a problem. The only way I can give him a problem is to have us in the top 10 in the middle of January. Then I do believe he will support me.

“He’s told me that so I believe it.”

Evans is also adamant that other teams in the Championship will be fearing a resurgent Leeds if they do keep up their recent form.

He added: “When I came in it was first clean sheet, first point, first away win, first home win. Back to back wins was a target, three in a row is a target.

“Another win takes us into the top half and I’ve always said that if we can get into that position before Christmas and over Christmas, the clubs above us will be looking at one club and one club only.”