Leeds have been one of the Championship’s surprise packages this year, they sit fifth in the table and have opened up a five point gap to seventh place Derby County, before the two teams meet on Friday night.

Garry Monk only took over at Leeds in the summer and given the fate of previous bosses at Elland Road, Monk has done a quite remarkable job to turn around their fortunes so dramatically.

Leeds’ budget in comparison with some of their promotion rivals is very small, so the fact they are in the mix is testament to how Monk has got the players playing.

There is no doubting if Leeds want to go all they way, they will need to improve the quality in their ranks.

One player they could bring in to do so is Stewart Downing.

Middlesbrough are happy to let Downing depart Teesside for the remainder of the season and he would provide Leeds with a vast amount of quality.

Here, FLW’s Chris Wilson will look 3 reasons why Leeds must look to sign Downing…..