Whether Leeds United are playing Premier League football or Championship football next season, they will likely need to consider whether to bring a new striker to the club.
The Whites currently have the likes of Patrick Bamford, Kemar Roofe and Tyler Roberts on their books at the moment, however, the trio have all had to deal with rather significant injuries over the course of the current campaign.
Marcelo Bielsa has clearly managed to get the best out of some of the club’s youngest talent this season, with the likes of Jack Clarke emerging as future stars under his tutoring, he could look to bring a young forward to Elland Road on a free transfer in the summer and help develop him further – although there may be doubts whether he will still be at the club beyond the end of the season.
Lawrence Shankland could be the ideal man to thrive under the guidance of the Argentine and could become a rather risk-free option.
As mentioned, the 23-year-old is set to leave Ayr United on a free transfer in the summer as his contract is set to expire and is believed to be in high demand, with a number of Championship clubs reportedly keen on the forward.
The likes of Hull City, Nottingham Forest, Swansea City and Sunderland have been linked recently, with Rangers and Celtic also thought to have been touted with possible moves for the player, per The Scottish Sun.
And, his stats for this season would certainly back-up that interest in him. The striker has been in lethal form for the Scottish Championship outfit this season, having hit 30 goals in his 30 matches across all competitions so far.
Admittedly, there will be doubts that he could replicate that form in either the English Championship or even the Premier League, however, Bielsa could be the perfect mentor for Shankland to reach those heights.
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