The Leeds United fans in the Transfer Tavern are praying that 2018 is the year that they finally make their long awaited return to the Premier League after a fourteen-year absence. Under the guidance of Thomas Christiansen, they are in a good position to compete for promotion. They currently sit in sixth place, one point inside the play-off zone and six points off the automatic promotion spots.
Leeds will be wary not to repeat their shortcomings of last year, when a late dip in form cost them a place in the top six. In order to avoid a similar fate, Christiansen will be mindful to add one or two quality additions to his squad this January.
One position he will undoubtedly be looking to bolster is the striker position. Chris Wood departed in the summer, joining Premier League side Burnley, and the Whites have failed to replace his goals up top.
The one plus about that is that the attacking midfielders have stepped up. Kemar Roofe has ten goals for the season while Samu Saiz (9), Pablo Hernandez (6), Kalvin Phillips (5) and Ezgjan Alioski (5) have all chipped in.
Pierre-Michel Lasogga is the first choice striker when fit and he has five goals to his name as well. But the back-up options are struggling. Caleb Ekuban has just one goal to his name, although his all-round game play has been quite good while Jay-Roy Grot does not look up to scratch.
Leeds should therefore swoop for Dwight Gayle. Newcastle relied on his goals in the Championship last year and the diminutive forward knows where the net is at that level.
Rafa Benitez has not favoured starting him this year, although he has still notched three goals for the Magpies. With a striker expected to arrive in January, Gayle could be offloaded and Leeds should be ready to launch a bid – either on loan or permanently – to improve their promotion credentials.
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