Sky Sports pundit Don Goodman has suggested he is confident that Leeds United will look to add some striking reinforcements in the January transfer window.
The Whites saw on-loan Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah recalled at the start of the month leaving them very short of options in the final third.
Patrick Bamford is currently the only striker in Marcelo Bielsa’s first-team squad, an issue that was highlighted on Saturday when the Argentine coach had no forward options to bring on from the bench with his team were trailing against QPR.
Leeds remain second in the Championship but their league run of just one win in seven has seen their cushion above the play-off places reduced to just four points.
Speaking on the Sky Sports EFL Podcast (20/01), Goodman indicated that the Whites needed to bring in a striker this month and that he was confident that they would look to address that need.
He said: “I think that (signing a striker is priority).
“Eddie Nketiah, five goals in 19 games–the majority of those were substitute appearances.
“But when he started against West Bromwich Albion on New Year’s day you could see why Marcelo Bielsa prefers Patrick Bamford as the main option–he does hold the ball up very, very well. Much better than Eddie Nketiah.
“I’m sure that’s a side of Nketiah’s game as he gets more experience and works on it but you can understand Bielsa preferring Bamford.
“The fact that Nketiah went back because he’s looking for first-team football is understandable from Arsenal and his perspective but it has left Leeds very short of options at the top end of the pitch.
“I’m confident that this will be an area they’re looking to address in this January transfer window.”
The Whites have been linked with a number of replacements for Nketiah, including Southampton’s Che Adams, Sheffield United’s Billy Sharp, and Watford’s Andre Gray.
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Goodman is bang on here and I am sure that the majority of Leeds fans will agree with him. The Yorkshire club have to make sure they bring in a striker before the winter transfer window slams shut at the end of the month.
The Sky Sports pundit’s confidence in the Whites’ transfer plans will likely be somewhat reassuring to the Elland Road faithful.
Nketiah may have only scored five goals but some of them came at vital times and he provided vital cover and competition for Bamford.
The Leeds number nine is in the midst of another goal drought, having not found the net in five games, and the Whites were screaming out for another option on Saturday.
It would be overdramatic to say they can’t get promoted without signing a new striker but it would certainly be a huge risk not to bring one in.