Leeds United will be in for a new striker in the January transfer window following Eddie Nketiah’s return to parent club Arsenal.
United sit top of the Championship table following a 1-1 at West Bromwich Albion on New Year’s Day, and whilst United fans were celebrating being top of the pile, Eddie Nketiah was saying goodbye to the club.
The 20-year-old took to Twitter following the draw at the Hawthorns to confirm his return to the Emirates and to thanks his Leeds teammates, coaches, manager and fans for his time at Elland Road.
Nketiah struggled to win a place at Elland Road and only managed two Championship starts all season, coming in his final two appearances. He left having scored a total of five goals in all competitions for the Whites.
With this latest transfer development in mind, we have compiled a list of three strikers Leeds should seriously consider as replacements for Nketiah…
23-year-old Adams scored 22 goals in 46 league appearances for Birmingham City last term before earning a move to Premier League Southampton over the summer.
Despite featuring 15 times for the Saints, Adams has yet to score for the club and a loan move back to the Championship could be on the cards.
The Sun reported on Wednesday that United have made Adams their number one target to replace Nketiah, despite Ralph Hasenhuttl wanting to keep him on the south coast.
Should United pull off the loan signing of Adams it would demonstrate huge intention by the Whites, the 23-year-old showed last season his goal scoring prowess in the division and would certainly be a top-end replacement for Nketiah.
Gayle would certainly be another coup for United and be a signing that would provide a real boost to United’s strong promotion push.
The 29-year-old has netter 59 times in 100 Championship appearances and scored 23 goals in 39 appearances for West Bromwich Albion in the division last term.
The former Crystal Palace man has only managed 151 minutes of league football so far Newcastle United this term and may be looking for a move away from St James’ Park in January.
Given his lack of Premier League game time and his record in the Championship, Gayle should certainly be someone United should consider during this transfer window.
A dilemma for an incoming player could be would they get the game time under Marcelo Bielsa given Eddie Nketiah’s situation at the club.
One player who could be happy to play the Nketiah role is 36-year-old Glenn Murray, who has 67 Championship goals to his name in 143 appearances in the division.
Murray has only managed three starts for Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League this term and could be tempted with a short-term move away from the AMEX Stadium for the remainder of the season.
The 36-year-old is someone any promotion chasing side would have on their bench and could be an ideal target for United as they search for a striker to replace Nketiah.
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