The arrival of Patrick Bamford, officially announced by the club yesterday, has increased optimism amongst Leeds fans looking towards the season ahead.
Much is expected of the Whites’ new boss, Marcelo Bielsa, and the addition of the exciting 24-year-old striker from Boro could be seen as the club beginning to make good on their ambition to become genuine promotion contenders.
However, currently, there is a huge burden being placed upon Bamford to fire Leeds into contention single-handedly.
Last season, Leeds struggled to convert chances into goals, with Caleb Ekuban only managing 2 goals across the course of the entire campaign. The on-loan Lasogga faired better but couldn’t do enough to secure a permanent switch to Elland Road.
Having already seemingly missed out on Abel Hernandez and Matej Vydra this summer, Bielsa is clearly on the hunt for goals. Bringing in a second striker during this transfer window, to ease the burden on Bamford and to provide competition for the starting spot, would be wise.
Newcastle’s Adam Armstrong would be a smart target for Bielsa to pursue to fill this role in his new-look Leeds attack.
According to the Chronicle, Newcastle are open to offers for Armstrong this summer.
The 21-year-old is a Newcastle academy product, having been with the Magpies since the age of 9. It now looks as though his time with the Toon is soon to be up, with the striker having failed to establish himself in the first team set up at St James’ Park.
Despite having failed to hack it in the top flight, the youngster has had some promising loan spells in League One with Blackburn Rovers and Coventry City. He would make an excellent back up and rotation option for any promotion chasing Championship side, which is exactly what Leeds ought to be looking for.
Transfermarkt value Armstrong at £1.35 million. If Leeds could pick him up for a figure in that ball park then they’d have all the firepower needed to launch an assault on the second tier this season.