Date: 11th October 2018 at 3:59pm
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OPINION

Leeds United are well placed to secure a promotion spot after an impressive start to the season.

But they are not resting on their laurels and are planning to strengthen in the January window by making three new signings.

Football Insider has claimed Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa wants to reinforce his ranks by recruiting a centre-forward, centre-back and a left-winger.

One striker who is proven in the Championship and could make the perfect loan signing in January is Aston Villa man Scott Hogan.

The 26-year-old has had a miserable time in the Midlands since making a £12million move from Brentford in January 2017, scoring just 10 goals in 54 matches.

He was completely frozen out in the final months of Steve Bruce’s reign and has not had a single minute of action this season. In any competition. Ross McCormack, eat your heart out.

Unlike the 30-something Scot, Hogan should be at his peak and his goal-getting in the Championship – at Brentford he ripped it up with 21 goals in 36 matches – was enough to convince Villa to spend big and hand him a contract the Mirror report is worth £40,000-a-week.

With Patrick Bamford out until at least January and probably a fair while longer, Leeds need more than just Kemar Roofe, who has missed the last five weeks due to injury, and rookie Tyler Roberts.

It appears Bielsa knows that, too, as he looks to provide a consistent cutting edge at the point of his attack.

Villa are likely to be open to loaning Hogan out, which paves the way for Leeds to do a deal that should not be too expensive.