Leeds United need a striker in this transfer window.
There are no two ways about it, the Whites would be running a massive risk if they continued the rest of the season without another forward to bolster their frontline. After Eddie Nketiah’s recall the Yorkshire club have Patrick Bamford as the only senior striker in their squad.
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Fortunately, the Whites seem have a plan in place in order to replace the Arsenal man as they’ve been linked with a number of different strikers.
One striker that they have eyeing is Barnsley’s Cauley Woodrow.
It makes sense for the Whites to be linked with a man who has scored nine goals in 20 Championship appearances this term, but understandably, there are questions around the former Fulham man’s talent. The 25-year-old’s finishing rate is just under 11%, and it’s unknown how he’d fare at a top-end Championship club.
So would he be a good signing? We asked our team of writers to give their verdicts.
“It is no secret that Leeds need additions in the striking department this month, especially after Eddie Nketiah was recalled to Arsenal and they can do no harm in opting for Cauley Woodrow.
“The 25-year-old is yet to hit the peak years of his career and has bagged nine goals for a struggling Barnsley outfit this season – just think of what Bielsa could do with him. It was quickly evident that a player of Nketiah’s style wasn’t the right fit for the Whites boss, so a similar player to Patrick Bamford in Woodrow makes sense with just one inch separating the two.
“Per WhoScored, the Tykes forward averages more shots, wins more aerial duels and is offside far fewer times per game than Bamford. This has all the hallmarks to be quite an underrated addition.”
“I’m a big fan of Cauley Woodrow but if you take into consideration that his finishing rate is worse than Patrick Bamford’s, then you start to worry. The ex-Boro striker is unlikely to be usurped as Bielsa’s go-to man in attack, especially considering he’s failed to start just two league games all term, so Leeds need someone capable of finding the net with minimal fuss from the bench.
“Woodrow is a hard-working player with the right attitude but he’s also the type of individual that needs multiple opportunities to score goals. The Barnsley man may have netted nine times this season but that’s from a colossal 3.7 shots per game. The Whites need someone who can make an instant impact, not someone who may falter when presented with his first few opportunities of the game.
“Leeds’ options could be restricted this month but Woodrow isn’t someone who will fire them to promotion. Orta must look elsewhere.”
“After seeing Eddie Nketiah recalled from his loan deal by Arsenal, Leeds are in desperate need of some competition up front for Patrick Bamford. But in Cauley Woodrow, they would be getting someone who is no better than Bamford.
“Whilst his record of nine goals in 22 Championship games certainly represents a decent return, he is not the most efficient of centre-forwards. He averages 3.7 shots per game this season for Barnsley, with a goal every 217 minutes.
“In contrast, Bamford averages 3.2 shots per game, with a goal every 191 minutes. Woodrow won’t be an upgrade on what Leeds already have, and with Premier League football in their sights, Marcelo Bielsa’s side should be aiming for bigger and better. This move would simply be money down the drain.”
“I don’t think that Cauley Woodrow is the answer for Leeds United this January.
“Leeds are knocking on the door of the Premier League and anyone they bring in would ideally be able to make that step up with the rest of the squad. I don’t see Woodrow as being that man for Leeds as he’s rarely even shown his ability at this level, nevermind in the Premier League.”