Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Grayson will not panic buy

Leeds United manager Simon Grayson insists he does not feel under pressure to bolster his squad before the transfer window closes.TheWhites' midfield has been weakened this summer following the departures of Neil Kilkenny and Bradley Johnson, although they have recruited veteran Michael Brown.
Leeds' only other signings have come in the shape of goalkeeping duo Paul Rachubka and Andy Lonergan with Kasper Schmeichel having been sold to Leicester earlier in the summer.

The club's fans have been left scratching their heads at the lack of fresh faces at Elland Road, although Grayson insists he is 'happy' with his current squad.

Grayson wanted to add more experience over the summer and he feels the trio will complement the likes of Max Gradel, Robert Snodgrass and Jonny Howson, who all excelled last term.

Leeds' manager has conceded the club could have sold more players during the close-season in order to raise funds, however, he was against weakening his options."In terms of recruitment, I can maybe understand the frustrations of some people," he told the Yorkshire Post.

"But I don't feel under any pressure to make signings for the sake of it. If I did bow to pressure then I would have made five or six in June to keep everyone happy.

"I am happy with where we are at. Of course, every manager always wants to bring more signings in if they improve the squad and I am still hopeful we will be able to get something done before the opening day. But, overall, we are looking good.

"The squad is evolving. I said at the end of last season that I didn't want to change too much. We have brought three (signings) in and they bring with them a wealth of experience"The key is having leaders in important positions. Lonergan and Rachubka are both shouters in goal, Paddy (Kisnorbo) is the same and now we have Michael Brown as well.

"That will help the younger ones - lads like Max Gradel, Robert Snodgrass, Jonny Howson - who are all fantastic players but possibly last season needed a few more experienced players alongside them.

"We could quite easily have sold two, three or four players this summer - sales that would have made us weaker.

"So, I am happy with where we are at. I wanted us to go for quality rather than quantity this summer and that is what we are doing."

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