Leeds United: I’m happy with transfer window signings - Whelan

Chris Wood celebrates with his Leeds United team-mates against Sheffield Wednesday. PIC: Bruce Rollinson
Chris Wood celebrates with his Leeds United team-mates against Sheffield Wednesday. PIC: Bruce Rollinson
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I’m happy with the players we’ve brought in over the summer transfer window.

When you look at the squad we’ve got no injury worries at the moment and the squad is looking nice and sharp.

It’s looking strong as a group and I think signing Jordan Botaka just adds that little bit more strength on the wings where we do look a little bit lightweight if we do get an injury.

I’ve seen a few clips of Botaka. He looks like he has got a trick in him and he’s somebody that I think will complement the midfielders that we have.


There was talk of various other players coming in and we’d all like certain players, but if we haven’t got them there’s no point talking about them.

We’re in a good place at the moment, we finished on a high for the international break so everything should be nice and bubbling within the changing room and on the training ground.

There was talk of two wingers coming in and you always have a target at any club of who you’d like to bring in and how many bodies.

Sometimes it doesn’t go to plan, sometimes you have to settle for one and one’s better than none.

We have a bit of cover now, someone who is going to give a bit of competition on the wings and someone who is going to add strength and quality to the squad that we already have.

And now we’ve done our business maybe we look towards January.

Hopefully we will be in a healthy position and there’s players that weren’t available – or even better players that may become available – that we can add to our squad.

That could give us that push we need going into the second half of the season.

Overall, there’s talk that we spent £6.8 milliion and that’s £6.8 million more than we spent last year.

We’ve got to look at it in a very, very positive light that we are adding quality to the squad – not just adding loans but we’re bringing in quality, buying players and spending the money.

That’s what we’ve been asking for a number of seasons and we will only get out of this league by spending money.

It’s proven now that that money has been well spent with the returns so far from Chris Wood and Stuart Dallas.

We are seeing the benefits of where the money’s gone.

But to me keeping the main ‘big four’ of Sam Byram, Lewis Cook, Alex Mowatt and Charlie Taylor is more important than what we’ve brought in.

That’s always been the first and foremost aim for me, that we keep all of these young boys that have come through the system.

They were our shining light last season and they were probably the one good thing about last season – that we’ve seen what we’ve got now and they know what Leeds United is all about.

They are playing with the badge on their heart, you can see that and there’s a few following by their example.

They know what it means to play for Leeds United and that’s what we need to have – a group of players aged 18-20 that play with pride and passion for the fans and the club.

This is a massive club, a great club, and if we can just get to the play-offs and even get promotion, they’ll actually really see how big this club actually is. They are only seeing a little bit of it right now but, hopefully, touch wood, this could be a good season for us if we keep going the way we are going.

Once you are in the Premier League, Elland Road is going to be rocking.

Sam Byram is out of contract at the end of the season and there are those that think he might go in January but I hope not.

Hopefully, we are sitting in a good, healthy position in January and we shouldn’t be looking to sell anybody.

If anything, we should be looking to add him to the squad with a bigger contract.

He’s proven to me that he loves the club and he’s playing pretty much every game knowing that if he gets injured he’s got no back up. He’s got no contract and he’s finished at the end of the season.

Touch wood he doesn’t get a bad injury because he’s playing for the club and walking a tight rope every single game.

The fans have got to appreciate that and the club have got to appreciate that.

I’m sure he’d love to stay at Leeds United and I’m sure he’d love to be in a squad that gets United back to the top flight. I’m sure he’d love to play for us for another few seasons.

At the end of the day, if we didn’t get players in that we wanted over the summer then give Byram a new contract with the money available.

Get him on a three-year-contract, get him on a two-year-contract or a two and a half years one as that still puts the club in a healthy position when it comes to selling him.

So get him tied down to a contract as he’s a £5m player or a £6m player. If we don’t sign him up on a contract we’ll end up getting half of that, if that.

If it doesn’t go to plan and we need to sell him in January then we are still getting our money back.

We’ve not lost out on anything by giving him a contract and giving him that little peace of mind while he plays – if anyone deserves it, it’s him.

There’s talk over whether Byram will even start with Botaka signing but, for me, you don’t change a winning side.

It’s pretty simple. They won their last game – he was part of the team that started in the last game and you don’t change a winning side.

That should go for the manager as well and I’m sure it will do for Uwe Rosler.

He’ll have Botaka on the bench no doubt, then he will come on and have a part to play in the game and it just gives a little bit more strength in depth in the squad.

It gives a little more competition which is healthy for the players and healthy for the football club in general. It’s a great problem for Uwe Rosler to have.