It’s set to be an interesting January transfer window ahead for Leeds United, as they look to strengthen their squad ahead of the second-half of this year’s league campaign.
The Whites are currently sat top of the Championship table, and will fancy their chances of making a long-awaited return to the top-flight this term.
But Marcelo Bielsa’s plans this month have been hit with a frustrating transfer blow, with Jack Clarke and Eddie Nketiah both being recalled early from their loan spells at Elland Road after a lack of game time.
In an interview with MOT Leeds News, former Leeds man Paul Robinson is keen to see one striker in particular arrive during the January transfer window as Nketiah’s replacement.
“If Leeds could get Dwight Gayle… I’d do everything possible to get him.
“He’s not getting his game time at Newcastle, he wasn’t in the cup squad against Rochdale, whether that was through injury or because they didn’t want him to get cup-tied going forward.
“He might have a slight injury and wants to look after himself because of a potential move.”
Robinson went on to admit that it should be a ‘no-brainer’ for Leeds to sign Gayle, who has already shown that he can score goals in the Championship.
The 29-year-old netted 24 league goals for West Brom last season, as they narrowly missed out on promotion to the Premier League after a defeat to eventual play-off winners Aston Villa.
“If he became available, it’ll be an absolute no-brainer signing for Leeds and he’d score the goals we need.
“Whether the manager would want to replace Patrick Bamford as he plays him week-in-week-out… Gayle will not come to Leeds to sit on the bench, he’s doing that at Newcastle, he won’t be happy to do that.
“But if a player like him became available, I’d sign him, 100%.”
Gayle has been restricted to just eight appearances this term for Newcastle, and could be tempted by a move elsewhere to find regular minutes this season.
Leeds are next in action on Monday evening when they take on Arsenal in the Third Round of the FA Cup in what is certain to be a tricky test for Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
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I have to agree with Robinson here.
Gayle is a striker that is a proven goalscorer in the Championship, and I’m not sure why he hasn’t pushed for a move elsewhere in search of regular minutes.
He isn’t getting enough game time with Newcastle at the moment, and I certainly think he’s a more than good enough option to have in the Leeds squad, and I’d back him to replace Patrick Bamford in the starting XI relatively quickly if he arrived at Elland Road this month.