Ever since Jermaine Beckford left Elland Road at the start of the decade to join Premier League side Everton, Leeds United supporters have been yearning for a prolific goal-scorer.
Plucked from non-league obscurity in 2005, the forward made a slow start to life in West Yorkshire before finally making his mark two years later in League One by firing in 20 goals for the Whites as the club finished runners-up in the play-off final.
The next pair of seasons saw him find the back of the net on 65 occasions as he certified his status as a cult hero for the club by helping them achieve promotion to the second tier.
Although Leeds have had seen the likes of Kemar Roofe and Patrick Bamford threaten to repeat Beckford’s escapades this year, they may benefit from re-igniting their interest in Leyton Orient’s Macauley Bonne having been linked with a move for the striker earlier on in the campaign (via Teamtalk).
The 23-year-old has been in excellent form in the National League this season, firing in an impressive total of 23 goals which have played a massive role in helping his side move within a point of securing promotion to League Two.
An incredibly talented striker, there is no doubt that he could thrive at a much higher level and therefore Marcelo Bielsa should do all he can to snap him up in the summer. A similar type of player to Beckford, Bonne has a great turn of pace whilst his finishing ability has improved immeasurably during his time at Orient.
Although a move to Leeds would be desirable for Bonne, any deal could depend on the outcome of the current season.
If the Whites achieve promotion to the Premier League, the likelihood of the striker getting the necessary playing time in the top-flight will be extremely slim.
However, by missing out in May, the Whites could be better off in the long run as Bonne will arguably have a better chance to develop as a player and thus replicate Beckford’s success in the future.
What do you think Leeds fans? Do you think Bielsa should sign Bonne in the summer? Or should your club be targeting other forwards when the transfer window opens? Let us know below.
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