Six signings Leeds United should consider in January

Leeds United have made a good start to the season under Uwe Rosler, with the club only a point behind the play-off pack.

A good feeling has surrounded the club for the first time in years, after previous instability under much talked about owner Massimo Cellino. However, with academy graduates Sam Byram and Alex Mowatt so prominent in the side, the Elland Road outfit are looking up.

After so many years out of the top flight, Leeds must be aiming for a return. A club their size should be plying their trade in the country’s top division, and a return is not out of the question.

A strong core of players is now in place, and the club have made their most expensive signing since Robbie Fowler back in 2001.

£3m New Zealand hitman Chris Wood arrived from Leicester earlier in the summer, adding to the good feeling around the club.

Here are six additions they should consider in January to secure a valiant return to the Premier League…

JERMAINE PENNANT

Jermain Pennant

The 32-year old is available on a free after leaving Wigan, and should be considered. It would be fitting for him to return to Elland Road, where he previously broke on to the scene over a decade ago.

He went on to play for Liverpool, Stoke and Real Zaragoza amongst a host of other clubs, and could easily do a job in the Championship.

Wages might be an issue, but it’s hard to imagine he was on huge amounts of money at Wigan. You’re unlikely to find a player with such quality crossing free of charge.

STEVE SIDWELL

Steve Sidwell

The former Chelsea Number 9 (yes, you’re reading that correctly) is now lost behind the likes of Xherdan Shaqiri, Ibrahim Affellay and Marco van Ginkel in Stoke’s continental engine room.

At 32-years old, the ex-Reading man could offer a cool head in midfield, as well some drive and determination. An astute addition over an exciting one, he could mix well with young Sam Byram next to him in the middle of the park.

YOAN GOUFFRAN

Yoan Gouffran

The Newcastle United man would represent an absolute steal for a club like Leeds.

At 29-years old, the Frenchman is in the prime of his life and would most likely tear Championship defences up. While he’s struggling to get a game under Steve McClaren, a move away could be a realistic possibility.

Sam Byram has been linked with a move away, so the coffers could be swelled. A pacey wide forward in the mould of Gouffran would shoot Leeds up the league.

SHOLA AMEOBI

Shola Ameobi

Former Newcastle United man Shola Ameobi has recently seen a move to Wolves break down, and would be an astute addition for Uwe Rosler.

The Nigerian forward has been without a club since leaving Crystal Palace, and is on the lookout. Linked with a host of Championship clubs, the 31-year old would represent a decent signing.

Never the most prolific, he has a knack of popping up with vital goals. Having been a top flight player for well over a decade, the striker brings with him a wealth of experience.

Able to hold the ball up, he could be a viable alternative to Wood, as well as a decent partner. It was only last summer he was playing at the World Cup finals, and a big side such as Leeds may be a good fit.

KIERAN RICHARDSON

Kieran Richardson

With Byram constantly linked with a move away, it could be wise to bring in another utility man.

Forgetting his Manchester United roots, Richardson and Leeds are a good mix. He can play either in defence or midfield, on the left or centrally in both roles. His ability to move around the pitch is coupled with a dead-ball prowess to be envied.

Not as exciting as a young academy graduate, he would provide stability to a club striving to steady the ship. Again, Leeds are a huge club and not the biggest step down for a Premier League player.

DEAN HAMMOND

Dean Hammond

The Leceister man has fallen down the pecking order under Claudio Ranieri, having seen likes of Gokhan Inler arrive at the club.

As the Foxes continue to prowl around the upper echelons of the Premier League, they could be leaving the former Southampton man behind.

Previously a fixture of solid second tier sides, the 32-year old former Colchester ace is a figure of stability. His calming influence, leadership quality and all round drive are exactly the right type of attributes to aid any promotion push.