Although Leeds United are currently unbeaten in the league, there’s an underlying issue as to why the club have not picked up a win yet.
The club are still in need of a striker that can deliver 20+ goals in the league and although Chris Wood looks the type to eventually bring a flurry of goals in a White shirt, the young Kiwi needs time, or a goal, oh lord he needs one to come off his a***.
I trust Wood in picking up goals for Leeds this season, he’s ginormous and skilful and will clearly be a handful for any centre back in the Championship, but the current issue is his supply from midfield.
The club has an abundance of young and talented midfielders that will give support to the forwards, but at this current time there seems to be a gap between the midfield and frontman Wood that needs filling, badly.
Enter Gary Hooper, the former goal machine that has terrorised defenders from Dundee to Luton – the 27-year old forward could be available for rather loan of transfer as the newly promoted Norwich look to balance their books in order to bring in some more talent.
Hooper is now surplus to requirements at Norwich and should look no further than the pearly gates of Elland Road to revive his career. The former Scunny striker would probably welcome a return to Yorkshire where he saw two of the best seasons of his career grant him a mega bucks move to Celtic.
I for one believe that it’s about time Leeds cashed in the ‘you’ve signed a bunch of our stars and gave us Steve bloody Morison’ card. We’ve gave them Howson, Johnson, Snodgrass and the beautiful Luciano Becchio and been robbed, now we want Hooper in exchange for all the stress that Welshman gave us.
Known for his ‘fox in the box’ mentality, Hooper could be the perfect striker to partner Wood upfront and rather play second strike and bridge the gap between midfield or stand in the box and wait for the amount of knockdowns Wood can provide, either way he’s perfect.
Hooper is said to be available for transfer or loan and Leeds should snap the forward up before any other clubs cotton on. With the club spending over £5 million this summer on the likes of Wood, Dallas, Bamba and co, a loan with a view to a permanent transfer is a perfect opportunity.
As we all know, Cellino won’t loan players who he cannot sign afterwards, something that I applaud. If Leeds can agree to take Hooper on loan for a season with an option to buy him at a reasonable price afterwards, I’m sure the enigmatic Italian would rubber stamp the deal.
Leeds signing Hooper would be one of the best moves in the Championship, giving the club another attacking dimension and gifting the club another 10-15 goals at least, as they charge forwards towards the top half of the league, maybe even top six.