Peter Beagrie believes high-flying Leeds United still need to strengthen in the January transfer window, despite their current lofty position in the SkyBet Championship table.
Garry Monk’s side are third and unbeaten in seven games after a 1-0 victory over fellow promotion contenders Derby County at Elland Road on Friday night, which moved them eight points clear of seventh place.
Monk has already made the loan move for his former Swansea team-mate and creative playmaker Pablo Hernandez permanent from Qatar outfit Al Arabi this month.
But, identifying two key positions he feels the Yorkshire club need more cover, former Bradford and Everton winger Beagrie thinks more transfer activity is required if they are to maintain their promotion challenge.
Speaking before the game, when asked if they need further additions to the squad, Beagrie told Sky Sports: “Yes, I think so. We said before they need to get players who are going to improve this team – not players who are just going to come and be bit-part players.
“They’ve tried to get the loanees secured long-term or as long as possible, that’s happened to a degree, and I think they’ve identified centre-half has been a problem position if important players get injured, and a centre-forward as cover for [Chris] Wood as well.
“If he goes out of the equation I think promotion hopes do slip slightly.”
Fellow pundit David Prutton also highlighted the significance of head coach Monk being able to continue to take care of football matters without interference from the club’s hierarchy.
The former Leeds midfielder said: “That’s fundamental to the way this club moves forward – that’s got to be maintained, letting him get on with the stuff that goes on within the borders of the white markers on the pitch is exactly what he was brought in for and what he’s good at.
“And leave the business to the people who know how to work businesses and maximise businesses.”
Leeds are currently without a number of first-team players through injury and suspension as they prepare for their next game against Yorkshire rivals Barnsley at Oakwell on January 21.