Leeds boss Thomas Christiansen publicly signalled a change of heart today, admitting that he would love to sign a new striker by the end of the month.
The Dane admitted in the pre-match press conference for Leeds’ Championship clash with Ipswich on Saturday that a striker was at the top of his priority list.
This came after Christiansen had previously insisted that he was happy with his squad as they head into the second half of the season sitting in the play-off places.
The admission comes after a spate of new arrivals already at Elland Road, with Belgian left-back Laurens De Bock joining from Club Brugge the latest incoming.
Also signed are Japan international midfielder Yosuke Ideguchi, who has moved to Cultural Leonesa on loan for the rest of the season, striker Oliver Sarkic, centre-back Aapo Halme, and goalkeeper Kamil Miazek.
Christiansen’s revelation that he is looking to sign a new striker raises one important question.
The club will want to sign a front man who can come in and make an instant impact, with the club needing to stay in contention at the top of the table.
They will want to bring in a striker who will not cost them too much, as they have already bought several players this month.
They will also want a striker who can potentially stay and help them in the Premier League, if they manage to gain promotion this season.
One man who fits the bill completely is Leonardo Ulloa.
The Leicester City striker is massively out of the first-team picture at the King Power, and is desperate for a move away in order to reignite his career.
Ulloa has experience in the Championship with Brighton, scoring 23 goals in 50 appearances in the competition.
The 31-year-old will not cost the Whites too much, and there may be a possibility for a short-term loan deal, which would represent a risk-free investment for Andrea Radrizzani.
He also has vast experience in the top-flight, scoring 18 goals in 86 appearances for the Foxes since his move to the club in 2014.
It is easy to forget that Ulloa is also a Premier League winner, being part of the Foxes squad that shocked the world of football in 2016.
Ulloa will be desperate to prove himself once again after rotting on the bench for a couple of seasons now at Leicester, and where better than Leeds to do so?
This is one of the biggest teams in English football, well in the mix to fight for that elusive promotion to the promised land of the Premier League.
Aston Villa are currently the frontrunners for Ulloa’s signature, but Leeds must move before it’s too late, and one of their promotion rivals steals a march on them this month.
That would be a disastrous blow, and one that Leeds cannot afford in the ever-tightening play-off race.