It's early days I know, but as an opening statement, the signing of Ryan Hall for £150,000 doesn't exactly set the pulses racing, does it? Old Big Gob has dampened down transfer talk but claimed he needed a new striker. Leeds fans will be praying that Hall isn't that forward.
The young winger come striker may be one for the future but the need is for players who can cut the mustard in the here and now. Bechio is on fire but what happens if he gets injured - or suspended? True the return from injury of Somma is like signing a new player, but if Leeds are to push on, some serious money probably needs to be invested.
A month ago there was an argument for prevarication: why waste money chasing an impossible dream? But Leeds are now positioned for a promotion charge. If GFH Capital have any sense of ambition, they should invest now and spend big. The next month will tell us if the dark cloak of Master Bates has been shed for ever, or if he has been replaced by equally tight fisted new owners. Better the Shaitan you know perhaps? Time will tell.