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Former Leeds United striker Noel Whelan has tipped the club to sign Dwight Gayle should the Whites receive some cash from Qatar, amidst takeover reports.
Reports from The Times claim the Yorkshire giants could get a new investment from Qatari Sports Investment (QSI), as the owners want to see Leeds reach the level of Manchester City.
Whelan believes that should the club increase it’s wealth from the new investors that Marcelo Bielsa should delve into the transfer market in January to help with the club’s bid for promotion, and he says prolific goalscorer Gayle should be on his wishlist.
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Whelan told Football Insider: “He talks about new investment if we get promoted this season. 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.
“Do a deal now and and get some money in. It doesn’t have to be a huge amount, just enough to immediately improve the team.
“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.”
Should Leeds find themselves with a new windfall, buying in January would be a necessity in order to finally return to the Premier League. Bielsa’s side might be the best defensive side in the Championship, but on the other hand, they have scored just 15 times which puts them on the same amount of goals Luton Town in 18th.
Whilst this keeps Leeds only two points off the top, it has caused a change in form with the club winning once in the last four games. Up top, Bielsa has just Patrick Bamford, Eddie Nketiah and Tyler Roberts to call upon, with the latter playing just 65 minutes of league action. Even the experienced Bamford has netted only four times in the 11 fixtures so far, whilst Nketiah has two Championship goals since joining the club from Arsenal.
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As a result, the Whites should do what they can with what they have to sign Gayle – a proven Championship goal machine. The Englishman has 59 goals in 100 appearances in the second tier, as opposed to just 22 goals in 99 outings in the Premier League.
The former Crystal Palace man scored 23 times as he rocketed Newcastle United back to the Premier League in 2016-17, whilst his 23 goals for West Bromwich Albion helped the Baggies into the playoffs last season.
Certain players are just made for the Championship. Gayle’s record suggests he is one of them, and with his superior goalscoring record over Bamford and Nketiah, signing him might be the final piece to the puzzle in their quest to reach the top-flight.