Tim Thornton, of Sky Sports, has claimed that Leeds United would sign a striker before the summer transfer window slams shut ‘in an ideal world’.
The Yorkshire club struggled for goals last season, scoring the 16th-least in the Premier League, with just 42 to their name. So far this season, however, they’ve managed to avoid any repeat of their previous difficulties in front of goal, with a total of seven in three games prior to the weekend.
This does not mean that they’re not targeting a striker, however, with Thornton telling GiveMeSport: “So, ask most Leeds fans and they will probably tell you that they are a striker light, and in an ideal world, I think Leeds will bring another striker in.
“But you can see why they might be prepared to wait if the players don’t become available because if Bamford comes back, Rodrigo’s scoring and you’ve got Joe Gelhardt as well, and obviously Sam Greenwood’s another year down the line in terms of his development as well.”
TIF Thoughts on Thornton’s comments…
We’d have to agree with Thornton when he says that Leeds will sign a striker in an ideal world. Of course, though, things aren’t quite as desperate in front of goal as last season, with Rodrigo starting the current campaign in electric form – scoring four goals in the first three Premier League games.
So far this season, it’s been a case of so good for Jesse Marsch’s side, though their defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion perhaps exposed their weaknesses somewhat. But amongst those wins, their stunning 3-0 victory over Chelsea could suggest more consistency is needed rather than quality.
With a week to go until the transfer window closes, anything could still happen. The Whites have been linked to the likes of Che Adams and Wilfried Gnonto, so there may well be activity in the coming days – but time is running out, and with midweek action to further disturb their focus as the deadline nears, Leeds may have to work incredibly hard to get a deal over the line in time.