It has been a roller-coaster of a year to be a Leeds United supporter, hasn’t it?
After spending the majority of the 2018/19 campaign fighting it out with the likes of Norwich City and Sheffield United for automatic promotion to the Premier League, the Whites were consigned to the lottery of the play-offs after suffering a dismal run of four games without a victory in the second tier.
However, after beating Derby County 1-0 at Pride Park on May 11th, the Yorkshire-based outfit would have been extremely confident of reaching the final of the competition with the second leg being played at Elland Road.
Yet in what turned out to be a harrowing night last Wednesday, Leeds capitulated under the weight of expectations as a brace from Jack Marriott combined with goals by Mason Mount and Harry Wilson helped secure a famous 4-2 victory for the Rams.
With Patrick Bamford once again failing to step up to the mark for the Whites, it is clear that if they want to bounce back next season, they must sign a sufficient replacement for the misfiring forward this summer.
Speaking to Football Insider about his former club’s issues up-front, Danny Mills revealed a possible target by admitting that: “Leeds need a striker who can score 20-plus goals.
You think of someone like Dwight Gayle, who is far more prolific, and he could make all the difference.
“He’s available as he’s finished his (West Brom) loan and going back to Newcastle, where [Rafael] Benitez doesn’t really fancy him.”
If Gayle is indeed made available when the transfer window opens in July, Marcelo Bielsa should not even hesitate about the prospect of splashing the cash on the £10.8m-rated ace (via Transfermarkt).
A deadly finisher, the 29-year-old has reached double figures in all three of his previous campaigns in the second tier with his 24 goals last season helping West Bromwich Albion reach the play-offs.
With Gayle not expected to be part of Newcastle United’s long-terms plans at St James’ Park, Leeds may never have a better chance of signing a player who has an excellent track-record at Championship level.
Undoubtedly an upgrade on Bamford, the former Crystal Palace forward has all the ingredients needed to become a hero at Elland Road over the coming years and could prove to be the key to promotion next season.
What do you think Leeds fans? Should Bielsa consider a summer swoop for Gayle? Could the Newcastle forward lead you to success next year? Let us know below.
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