Former Leeds United striker Noel Whelan hopes that the club do not follow through on rumours linking them with a loan move for Sheffield United’s Luke Freeman.
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While Whelan remains a fan of Freeman, he has insisted that strikers are still the main priority – and using resources on a player that the club do not essentially need would be pointless.
According to Football Insider, although a move appears unlikely, the Whites are thought to be interested in taking the former Queens Park Rangers man for the remainder of the season.
However, when speaking to the same publication, Whelan feels Leeds should be looking for another goalscorer.
He said: “[Freeman is] an excellent player and I’ve said that from the word go since watching him for QPR as he was an absolute standout player.
“He goes past people, links up play nicely, so again, another good player but we do need strikers, first and foremost.
“I understand why you’d want to go in for him because he’s an excellent player and many Championship clubs would love to have him on their books for the second part of the season.
“But we’re crying out for strikers, not wide players.”
With promotion on the line, it would seem sourcing more goals – especially while boasting one of the league’s best defences at present – would presumably be Leeds’ strategy going into the winter market.
Though perhaps the creation of chances is at the forefront of Marcelo Bielsa’s mind if their reported interest in Freeman is anything to go by. The 27-year-old is certainly more of a creator than a goalscorer and has proven his knack for the former at previous clubs QPR and Bristol City.
It may be an unorthodox solution to their striking shortage, though Whelan’s stance is understandable given Leeds face going into the latter period of the campaign a striker down.
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