Former Premier League footballer Jamie O’Hara has bemoaned Leeds United’s finishing after they endured another fruitless display in front of goal in their recent Championship defeat to Sheffield Wednesday at the weekend.
Saturday’s 2-0 loss has cut their advantage ahead of the play-off places to just six points, and their form post-Christmas has led to Leeds getting ‘edgy’, according to O’Hara. Speaking on TalkSPORT, O’Hara says the club should press home their lead at the top and guarantee promotion by bringing in a striker this January.
He said: “The problem is they’re going to get edgy because it always seems to happen to Leeds, come after Christmas they look like they’re walking away with it and they lose a couple, then everyone gets a little bit edgy around the place. They need to stick in, they’ll have to keep grinding out results.
“They’re not clinical enough. If you look at the top scorers in the Championship, there isn’t a Leeds player in it. So that for me says there’s a problem. They need to score more goals. For me, they need to bring in a striker. They need to spend now – spend money now on a player that’s going to get you into the Premier League.”
O’Hara’s claims over Leeds lacking a goalscorer may be right – with top marksman Patrick Bamford squeezing into the league’s top 10 having entered double figures when he netted against Fulham just before Christmas.
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However, prior to Leeds’ current run of one league win in six, Bamford had scored just seven goals and the Whites were top of the Championship, which suggests that having a goalscorer is not necessarily central to their bid to reach the Premier League.
That they have had an option in Eddie Nketiah taken from them perhaps requires them to fill the void this month, but the absence of a regular goalscorer had not disturbed their march to the promotion places until perhaps very recently – so reidentifying the levels of performance they delivered during the autumn months is perhaps of greater need to Marcelo Bielsa’s team than an out-and-out goalscorer.
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