Leeds United supporters have been in fine voice in the Transfer Tavern in the last few days after seeing their side finally return to winning ways in the Championship courtesy of a 1-0 success over Brentford on Saturday.
Paul Heckingbottom’s men went into their clash with the Bees having failed to win any of their preceding ten league games, a run of form which has put a serious dent in their promotion hopes. However, the Whites just about kept their faint play-off hopes alive as Liam Cooper’s header 14 minutes before half time was enough to secure all three points for the hosts, in turn clinching Heckingbottom’s first win as manager since taking over from Thomas Christiansen last month.
Subsequently, there have been many delighted Leeds fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are sincerely hoping that their team can build upon Saturday’s impressive victory with another against Middlesbrough on Friday.
In the meantime though, several of our resident Whites supporters have been turning their attentions towards the summer transfer window, and who their side may look to sign in a bid to bolster their promotion credentials, with it unlikely that they’ll be going up this time round.
And many tuned in to see Tottenham thump Rochdale in the FA Cup on Wednesday night, with the performance of Dale frontman Stephen Humphrys catching the eye of many Leeds fans in the Tavern.
The 20-year-old starlet is currently on loan at the League One strugglers from Championship side Fulham after joining on deadline day in January, with yesterday’s strike his first for Keith Hill’s basement team.
Yet it was the nature of his overall performance leading the line for the third tier outfit, and indeed the well-taken nature of his goal, which has interested many of our resident Whites fans, many of whom reckon he could do a job in bolstering their attacking ranks next season.
Ultimately, Humphrys is unlikely to command regular football at Craven Cottage for a while yet, especially were Slavisa Jokanovic’s men to win promotion this term, so a loan move again looks to be in the offing for the 20-year-old.
And given how little nerves he showed in taking down a fine through ball from the right to coolly slot under Spurs goalkeeper Michel Vorm on Wednesday night, he may well have the character and nous to grab important goals for Leeds in their quest for promotion next season.
And with 21 goals in just 37 appearances for Fulham’s Under-23 team in recent times, it’s clear that the ability is there, it’s just a case of realising that and translating it into league football – the first steps were very much evident on Wednesday.
It’d be a low-risk move for Leeds were they to move for Humphrys in the summer, as they’d very unlikely be able to sign him permanently, but they could also reap the rewards from such an addition if his efforts against Spurs are anything to go by.
In fact, landing the £225,000-rated starlet (as per Transfermarkt) could well enhance their promotion credentials.
Leeds fans… what do you think? Let us know!