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Window of opportunity for Leeds United chief Warnock
9:16am Monday 31st December 2012 in Sport
THE January transfer window cannot open soon enough for Leeds United manager Neil Warnock.
Warnock is desperate to bolster his squad with any funds available from new owners GFH Capital in the wake of Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at npower Championship title-chasers Hull City.
It was one of Leeds’ most anaemic performance of the season, with just one half-chance of note on an afternoon when 17-goal striker Luciano Becchio was benched because of concern over a thigh problem.
“I think Hull are a one-off, I don’t think there’s another team like them in the League,” said Warnock.
“They are by far the best organised team in the League, they play the same home and away. They have a good squad with decent replacements.
“I feel the frustration that the fans feel with our squad, but we’re all glad it’s January coming up.
“I’m trying to get new players in, the new owners are supporting me and want to bring players in.
“Whatever we do, we’re not going to cope with Hull and Cardiff, but looking at the other teams, we don’t have much to fear. We need to get our own house in order.
“Hull are where they are and I can’t see many overtaking them. They play with one up front and have a desire, they don’t give goals away and they have a good recipe for success.”
Warnock has a number of deals he wants to tie up, mainly extending the contracts of Alan Tate and Jerome Thomas, plus bringing Michael Tonge back from Stoke.
Second-placed Hull’s fifth win in six games in December was sealed with goals from Corry Evans and David Meyler, to the delight of manager Steve Bruce.