Leeds feeling the strain
Chris LakeyLeeds United are trying to beat the loan market deadline in attempt to strengthen their stuttering side before Saturday's massive Carrow Road showdown.Chris Lakey
Leeds United are trying to beat the loan market deadline in attempt to strengthen their stuttering side before Saturday's massive Carrow Road showdown.
Elland Road boss Simon Grayson moved quickly to replace injured centre-back Patrick Kisnorbo by signing Preston's Neil Collins until the end of the season - and says there could be more to come.
Leeds desperately need to kick-start their season all over again, and Grayson says that could mean more new faces before the emergency loan window closes at 5pm today.
"There's still a couple of days yet," said Grayson. "We're looking as we always do to see what is around.
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"Due to Paddy's injury on Monday night I felt it was important to bring someone in. Neill has good experience at Sunderland, Wolves, and Preston, and he will have an important role to play. He is an aggressive centre-back who I think will be a big addition to the squad at what is an important time."
Grayson has also extended defender Shane Lowry's loan from Aston Villa in time for the trip to Norfolk.
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The Leeds boss is under pressure from fans angry after Monday's home defeat to Millwall, which underlined a poor run which has seen the one-time leaders win just twice in their last 10 games.
Defeat at Carrow Road would leave Leeds 11 points behind the Canaries, and facing the prospect of a third successive year without promotion.
It's a situation which has prompted Grayson to put his players on a "final warning".
"Anyone who doesn't want to roll up their sleeves might as well disappear out of the club," he said. "We are playing with a bit of anxiety, but we have to be brave enough to cope with that.
"We need people with character to take this club up. I still believe we can do that. I am very confident we can turn it round."