Former Leeds United attacker Noel Whelan has urged chairman Andrea Radrizzani to spend some money in the January transfer window and help the Whites in their push for promotion this season.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side are at the summit of the Championship table, but their lead at the top has been cut to just two points after back to back defeats following a seven-game winning run.

Leeds have several important players in the treatment table at the moment as resources at the club have been stretched of late.

The Whites dealt with the loss of key players well in the first half of the season to maintain a level of consistency that saw the side top the table at Christmas.

Whelan, however, feels the time has come for Radrizzani to realise that spending a bit of money might prove to be the difference come the end of the season.

“When you come to this stage of the season and we've done so well to be up here, and we've said it in the past when we've been top four, top two, you spend that little bit of money and that could be the difference”, Whelan said on BBC Radio Leeds following the defeat at Nottingham Forest.

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“I hope the chairman does realise that what the manager is working with is down to the bare bones.

“Even if we had a fully fit squad of 22 for him to choose from, all the experience back, I still think we need players.

“I still think we need another striker to help [Patrick] Bamford and Kemar Roofe. I think we need three good options.

“Most of the teams that are up there do have three or four options, we don't.”

Leeds did not make wholesale changes in the summer window as Bielsa worked with the players already on the club's books, but the Whites still needed to sell Ronaldo Vieira to Sampdoria to help cover the spending they did make.