Paul Robinson has urged Leeds United to sign Andre Gray as he could be ‘a game-changer’ in their promotion hunt.
The Watford striker has fallen out of favour at Vicarage Road and could be tempted by the prospect of playing regular first team football – even if it does mean dropping down to the Championship.
Reports from The Daily Star have said that the Hornets are ‘softening’ on their stance regarding the striker, and according to the former Leeds goalkeeper, Marcelo Bielsa’s side must find a way to finance a deal for the 28-year-old.
Speaking to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said: “I played with Andre at Burnley and in the Championship he scored goals.
“Things might not have gone the way he would have wanted them to at Watford initially, but he is a top-class striker who scores goals.
“He makes clever runs, he’s quick, he’s a nuisance for defenders and if Leeds want someone of that quality, they’re going to have to pay the money.
“If they haven’t got the money that’s a different story, they didn’t spend in the summer and £2m fee is a hefty fee for four months of the season.
“If the money isn’t there, you can’t spend it and that makes recruitment very, very hard. If there’s a pot of money to spend recruitment is so much easier.
“It looks like Leeds are on a tight budget and that makes things so much more difficult, but this is their best shot at promotion ever.
“As far as signing a striker goes, Leeds must make it happen quickly and Gray would be a game-changer and a perfect signing.
“Spend it, borrow the money and pay whoever back when you’re in the Premier League.”
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It’s been an incredibly frustrating month so far for Leeds United.
The need for a striker is clear for all to see with the Whites struggling for form in recent weeks.
Patrick Bamford is a decent striker but certainly needs competition for his place if Leeds are to get themselves over the line in their hunt for promotion.
Leeds stumbled late last season and we’re already starting to see the nerves kick in as this year’s promotion hunt start to reach the business end.
If a striker isn’t found, you do worry about whether Marcelo Bielsa’s side will have the depth to get the job done.