'A quiet window should not mean diminishing trust in recruitment team'

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Adam Pope, BBC Radio Leeds

In Sam Byram, Leeds United have an excellent footballer while Junior Firpo is currently in the best form of his troubled time at Elland Road. Yet the irony is that the clamour for full-backs is still ringing before the transfer window closes.

That is because neither have the injury record to cope with a full Championship season. Plus, United have let Djed Spence return to his parent club early, allowed Luke Ayling to join Middlesbrough and sold Leo Hjelde to Sunderland.

Add to that Lewis Bate and Darko Gyabi heading off on loan along with young centre-back Jeremiah Mullen and as it stands, Leeds United are considerably weaker in numbers than at the start of the month.

Meanwhile, Championship rivals Hull City have landed two players fancied by Leeds in Liverpool's Fabio Carvalho and Luton Town wing-back Ryan Giles. The former has already scored a debut winner while the latter made seven starts and as many substitute appearances despite being out of favour at Kenilworth Road.

Similarly, the Hatters have brought in Japan's Daiki Hashioka, someone who Leeds made an approach for recently but were concerned about a possible injury. Farke would not name players involved but said two deals had been "very close" before they were scuppered due to medical issues.

It may be that Tigers' boss Liam Rosenior is willing to guarantee minutes when Farke will not and if so, it is commendable that the United boss sticks to his guns. However, the facts are that Leeds are yet to strengthen in key areas.

Closest promotion challengers Southampton have loaned Bournemouth pair David Brooks and Joe Rothwell with Ipswich bringing in Jeremy Sarmiento from Brighton. None of that bothers Farke who stressed that in his considerable experience "spirit and unity" of a group can prevail over the addition of individual quality.

The recruitment team under Nick Hammond at Elland Road was applauded for a difficult summer in shaping a competitive squad for Farke. A quiet window should not mean diminishing trust in their work, which in some ways shows that United are not panic buying.

However, it is undeniable that if no new faces arrive, supporters will worry Leeds' ability to sustain an automatic promotion push might have been compromised, especially if the four-match winning league run is not extended at Bristol City on Friday night when United could go second in the table.