Former Leeds United striker Noel Whelan hopes Marcelo Bielsa does not look to Barnsley’s Cauley Woodrow as the Whites search for a striker this January.
According to the Daily Mirror (via HITC), Woodrow is wanted by a host of Championship clubs including Leeds, with a £7m price tag being attached to the forward, who has scored nine league goals this season.
Leeds have already seen Eddie Nketiah depart this month after Arsenal cut his loan move short, so Bielsa could well be looking to provide more backup in the January transfer window for Patrick Bamford, with Tyler Roberts his only existing competition in the Leeds squad.
However, when speaking to Football Insider, Whelan revealed his doubts over Woodrow having an instant impact at Elland Road if he were to make the switch.
He said: “I’ve not seen a great deal of him, he’s a very talented young man but he’s been injured. So Marcelo Bielsa keeps talking about wanting people to hit the ground running and be up to speed, so he wouldn’t be up to speed, simple as.”
Woodrow missed Barnsley’s recent defeat to Derby through injury, though he is the Tykes’ joint-top goalscorer along with Conor Chaplin with nine each, which may suggest he could thrive for a team situated at the opposite end of the table.
However, with Leeds’ ability to gain promotion potentially hinging on their decisions in the current transfer window, perhaps Whelan’s hesitancy is understandable.
Given he has previously recommended the likes of Dwight Gayle as a potential signing, it appears that Whelan would rather someone with a more proven record comes in if Leeds are to buy a direct competitor to Bamford’s starting place.
A potential period of adaptation seems to be Whelan’s main concern, so with points paramount at the business end of the season and promotion firmly within Leeds’ grasp this year, it seems fair enough to suggest that Woodrow may just be too big a gamble, despite the striker recording his best scoring figures in the second tier this term.
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