‘He’d be perfect’: Noel Whelan identifies one man that Leeds United need to target

‘Speak it into existence’, that seems to be the message here.

Given owner Andrea Radrizzani’s recent comments about potential investment, former Leeds United defender Noel Whelan believes that the club need to start spending sooner rather than later.

What’s he said?

Speaking to Football Insider, Whelan spoke about how Leeds can’t simply wait for the investment to come in the summer, but how there needs to be significant moves in January. He even went so far as to name one of the players they need to go after:

“What Leeds need is investment not just for the Premier League, but for the January window. He should be looking to get a loan or some cash front-loaded for January. There is no guarantee we are going to go up. I’m thinking a loan deal for someone like Dwight Gayle. He’d be perfect for us, a proven striker who could well be available and who has a brilliant record in the Championship. I can see him joining. We would just have to match his Newcastle wages, which Leeds probably wouldn’t be able to afford without new investment. That’s the reality.”

The answer they’ve been looking for?

Whilst it may seem the obvious answer to go for someone like Gayle, especially when you look at his track record in the Championship, at least if you start talking about it, then the process of getting him on the books can start sooner, I mean, all rumours and transfers have to start somewhere.

All this is doing is just putting pressure on Bielsa to change his philosophy, or at the very least change the personnel. It’s been well documented how Leeds United are struggling to convert their chances in front of goal, so if they can get someone in who has a fine history of finding the back of the net, then Leeds should be able to get back on track.

The expected goals table that Experimental361 put together shows just how much Leeds are lacking that clinical striker. If that lack of goals is holding them back now, it could lead to them playing catch up later in the season. The sooner they sort the problem out the better.