Leeds United are unlikely to make a big-money move for a striker during the mid-season transfer window but could land a rookie forward, according to Leeds Live.
The Trinity Mirror site claim the Championship promotion hopefuls are set to concentrate on strengthening other areas of the squad when the winter window opens next month.
Leeds Live report that Sheffield Wednesday’s newly available teenage forward George Hirst is on United’s radar after the club chairman revealed he will not sign a new deal and they have also deployed scouts to monitor strikers across Europe.
But it is said that, while the purchase of a younger spearhead is possible, it would rank as a “huge surprise” if Leeds were to spent significant money on a proven Championship scorer or an overseas ace with genuine goalscoring pedigree.
Leeds fans could be forgiven for feeling underwhelmed at this latest transfer bulletin. Take one look at the Championship leading scorer chart and there is no player from Elland Road anywhere to be seen. Four of Thomas Christiansen’s men have five league goals apiece – main spearhead Pierre-Michel Lasogga, attacking midfield duo Samuel Saiz and Ezgjan Alioski and central midfielder Kalvin Phillips. There is much to be said for goals being shared around and it should not be forgotten that the over-reliance last season on Chris Wood – who topped the second-tier charts with 27 goals – ultimately led to promotion disappointment. Nevertheless, it is difficult to see Leeds securing a top-six finish without a 15-goal league scorer. Is anyone in the current squad capable of that? The jury is out.