Former United defender Danny Mills has urged Leeds to make a move for Newcastle United forward Dwight Gayle, as reported by website Football Insider.
Despite obvious progress made this season, it’s ultimate been one of disappointment for Leeds and their supporters after the play-off semi-final defeat to Derby County last week.
With thoughts turning to how Marcelo Bielsa can build a team capable of promotion next season, an area of the pitch that can do with strengthening is the attack.
Mills reckons there is one obvious outstanding candidate who can help lead the club to glory.
As quoted by Football Insider, the 42-year-old said:
“Their top scorer is Kemar Roofe, who’s scored 15 goals in total, which is not outstanding. He’s done well, but it’s not enough.
“Leeds need a striker who can score 20-plus goals. You think of someone like Dwight Gayle, who is far more prolific, and he could make all the difference.
“He’s available as he’s finished his (West Brom) loan and going back to Newcastle, where [Rafael] Benitez doesn’t really fancy him.”
Only three Leeds players managed to reach double figures for goals this term and the Elland Road side could definitely do with a natural goalscorer who can win points in tight matches.
Gayle has been a sensation in the Championship this season on loan at West Brom, netting an outstanding 24 goals in 41 appearances, an average of a goal every 123 minutes.
That kind of consistency could really be the difference between gaining automatic promotion, winning the play-offs or finishing as also-rans – as Leeds unfortunately have this season.
How viable a move for him would be remains to be seen, considering he is rated at £10.8m by Transfermarkt, but its a good suggestion from Mills, who has clearly identified Gayle’s likely availability and Leeds’ need for a ruthless goalscorer.