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Leeds must think beyond promotion in their hunt for a striker

We’ve known that Leeds United want a striker through the door for quite some time now, but it’s only recently that we’ve learnt about the type of deal they’re going to strike when landing a forward.

Indeed, Phil Hay has stated that the Whites are mostly looking at loan deals with an obligation to buy attached to them.

That may seem like great news as it secures a long-term option rather than just a six-month spell from a journeyman, but when you consider the players they’re looking at it paints a rather worrying picture.

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The three names that have cropped up the most often are Dwight Gayle, Che Adams and Andre Gray.

You could probably rely on all three of those attackers to do a job for the remainder of the season as they’ve all netted more than 20 goals in their last Championship seasons.

However, Leeds could be back to square one upon promotion if they sign one of these men.

All three players are seemingly brilliant in the second tier, but their numbers fall off a cliff when they play in the top-flight.

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The trio have a combined league goal tally of just two this term despite playing 1,529 minutes of football between them.

If they are to bring in a striker on a long-term basis, then the Yorkshire club needs to consider a player who has the credentials to make the step up to the Premier League rather than one who has already shown that they can’t.

They may be long-term signings, but it’s certainly short-term planning as each of their three targets have proven that they’re not equipped to make the step up from the Championship.

Leeds need to either target a man who has already proven themselves at that level or take a risk on someone who is yet to get an opportunity to. Otherwise, they’ll be in the same boat in that they’ll be in the market for a striker upon getting promoted.

In other news, Leeds may finally be about to replace Chris Wood.

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