Leeds United continue their promotion charge against Swansea City this evening in a fixture which will give them the opportunity to move into top spot after just 4 fixtures.
It’s been an immensely promising beginning to life under Marcelo Bielsa this season following months of hype surrounding his appointment. The Argentine has certainly delivered the goods so far with his unique brand of football, as his side have managed to find the back of the net 9 times from their first 3 fixtures.
With a record that impressive it would seem almost foolish to suggest that Bielsa should consider the possibility of signing a new attacker before the loan window shuts this month, but plenty can change in a short space of time in football.
Despite being a winger by trade, Kemar Roofe has been in red hot form at the spearhead of the attack by notching 3 goals from his first 3 appearances this season and adding an assist for good measure.
But with Patrick Bamford the only competent striker otherwise available to Bielsa, Leeds should be on high alert now that Ross McCormack is free to leave Aston Villa this month according to The Daily Record.
The report claims that McCormack’s fractured relationship with Steve Bruce will ultimately drive him out of Villa Park.
Rangers, Sunderland and ‘several English clubs’ are all in the running for his signature, but Leeds should certainly be joining the race.
In a 4-year spell at Elland Road between 2010 and 2014, McCormack managed to bag 58 goals and provide 31 assists from 157 appearances before moving to Fulham.
His career has since fallen off the upwards trajectory it was on during his time at Leeds, but his return of 14 goals from 17 games for Melbourne City last season during a short term loan spell suggests that he still possesses a clinical poachers instinct even at 32-years-of-age.
McCormack’s tendency to roam in the final-third is well suited to Bielsa’s free-flowing philosophy, but whilst Roofe and Bamford are both fit it’s unlikely he will acquire the game time he is searching for.
However, a serious injury to either of Leeds’ first-choice strikers before the end of the month would leave Bielsa desperately short of quality in attack, and if that unfortunate circumstance arises there is no doubt that McCormack should be brought in to solve the potential crisis.
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