Noel Whelan believes Dwight Gayle would be “perfect” for Leeds United and has called for the club to try and sign him, should they receive the financial investment that has been heavily talked about recently.
Owner Andrea Radrizzani recently revealed in an article with The Times that he has managed to whittle over 20 potential options down to just three, with Middle-Eastern group Qatari Sports Investment as one of the main choices.
Whilst Whelan stated that it is exciting times at Elland Road, he also claimed their promotion bid was still in the balance and suggested the out-of-favour Newcastle United forward as someone the club should look to bring in to ensure they have the best possible chance of playing in the Premier League next season.
“I’ve seen the Radrizzani interview and it is exciting for Leeds fans,” Whelan told Football Insider. “He talks about new investment if we get promoted this season.
“What Leeds need is investment not just for the Premier League, but for the January window. He should be looking to get a loan or some cash front-loaded for January. There is no guarantee we are going to go up.
“Do a deal now and get some money in. It doesn’t have to be a huge amount, just enough to immediately improve the team.
“I’m thinking a loan deal for someone like Dwight Gayle. He’d be perfect for us, a proven striker who could well be available and who has a brilliant record in the Championship.
“I can see him joining. We would just have to match his Newcastle wages, which Leeds probably wouldn’t be able to afford without new investment. That’s the reality.”
Indeed, Whelan makes a rather sensible suggestion regarding Gayle and it is one that, perhaps, should be seriously looked at closely should Leeds be handed the financial resources to get a deal done.
Of course, a potential loan swoop would likely have to result in at least one player already at the club temporarily ending their association a little earlier than expected, with Jack Clarke, possibly, the man to make way as he struggles to make an impact in Marcelo Bielsa’s side – as he has made just two appearances in the League Cup so far.
But, by having Gayle in the side, a real goal threat would be added and would, perhaps, fire them back into the automatic spots of the division. The Newcastle misfit has an exceptional record in the Championship and appears to score goals for fun – the 28-year-old has a record of 59 goals in 100 appearances in England’s second-tier (per TransferMarkt).
Bielsa lamented his side’s finishing woes last season as a reason for missing out on top-flight football and things do not appear to have got any better for them.
Patrick Bamford may have four goals in his 11 Championship appearances to date (per WhoScored), however his shot accuracy leaves plenty to be desired as he manages to find the target with just 1.2 out of a 3.3 per game average.
Eddie Nketiah may have four goals to his name as well this season, however the Argentine does not appear to simply fancy using him as the main option (Football Insider) – he has just eight appearances to his name so far with the majority of them from the bench (TransferMarkt).
Indeed, a deal for Gayle would also rely on Newcastle allowing him to leave, but he does not appear to be part of Steve Bruce’s plans, so there may be a case for him being allowed to depart in January.
Whether Leeds also receive the financial investment they have been looking for in time for the winter transfer window is another story, however the shout by Whelan regarding the experienced Championship forward isn’t such a bad one.
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