Leeds United’s recent troubles in front of goal continued on Tuesday night as they secured a narrow 1-0 victory against Yorkshire rivals Hull City at the KCOM Stadium, and they should look to spend big to bring Brentford striker Neal Maupay to Elland Road during the January transfer window.
Well, the Whites started the Championship campaign in outstanding form – attacker Kemar Roofe was finding the net on a regular basis – but injuries to Roofe and Patrick Bamford has left Marcelo Bielsa short up top, and it has shown on the pitch.
Leeds have scored just seven times in their previous six league games, and while they continue to be relatively strong defensively, a lack of threat in the final third could prove to be their undoing as they look to finally secure a long-awaited return to the Premier League.
Bielsa and owner Andrea Radrizzani may already be looking ahead to the New Year and thinking about strengthening their high-flying squad to ensure they stay in automatic promotion contention until the very end, and a striker could be near the top of their wanted list.
Following a decent debut campaign in English football with Brentford, the 22-year-od has taken his game to another level so far this season having scored nine goals and provided a further three assists in nine Championship appearances.
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The Frenchman has been playing as a centre-forward for the Bees despite his small frame, but his pace and upper body strength mean that he has still been a huge threat with the west London club knowing how to play to his strengths.
Maupay has proven that he has all of the attributes to fit into Bielsa’s style at Leeds, and while he could come at a big cost, the Yorkshire outfit shouldn’t think twice about paying more than the £10m they paid for Patrick Bamford this summer to sign a player who is also versatile and can play out wide, and could be a big player for them for years to come.