Former footballer Darren Bent thinks Watford’s Andre Gray could be the answer to Leeds’ striker search after labelling the ex-Burnley man as the ‘perfect’ signing.
Gray has started just seven times in the league for the Hornets this season while he has plenty of Championship experience with Brentford and Burnley, and was instrumental in the latter’s promotion in 2015/16 as he scored 23 times. Recalling his history in the second tier, Bent told Football Insider that Gray could be exactly what Leeds will be looking for in their quest for top-flight football.
He said: “He was one of the best players in the Championship that season, he’s got the pace, the power and that might be just what they need. Obviously [Patrick] Bamford isn’t really scoring the goals at the moment and it seems like neither they or West Brom want to win this league at the moment. It’s strange but I think that will be the perfect signing.”
Gray is just one of several strikers who have been talked up as a possible partner for Patrick Bamford in the Leeds attack, with Che Adams and Dwight Gayle among the other potential arrivals at Elland Road that have been mooted in recent weeks.
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The Watford striker has clearly shown he has what it takes at that level, while his Premier League experience would surely be of use to Leeds should he join them and help gain promotion, so it would appear this is a move that ticks many boxes.
That Nigel Pearson’s side have rejected Leeds’ advances (according to The Athletic’s Phil Hay) would look to be a major spanner in the works, though Bent’s summation of his credentials certainly earmarks the 28-year-old as another potential avenue for the Whites to explore.
While Hay suggested wages could also be a stumbling block, Gray’s signing may not be a particularly likely outcome, though Leeds would perhaps know exactly what they were getting by bringing in the striker.
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