Leeds United need a striker.
The Whites only have Patrick Bamford to rely on after Eddie Nketiah was recalled by Arsenal, and despite the former Boro man hitting good form in recent weeks, netting six in his last ten, he’s still a forward who can blow hot and cold as shown by his ten-game goal drought earlier this term.
Fortunately, Leeds have a striker target in mind. Unfortunately, he shares one of Bamford’s worst traits, and he’s actually even worse in that department.
Alan Nixon reported on Sunday that Leeds are looking at Cauley Woodrow from Barnsley as a potential option this month.
Leeds. Taking a big interest in Luke Freeman at Sheff U. Would be a handy addition. Poss loan or buy. Not getting much chance with Blades since joining. Also looking at Woodrow at Barnsley. Difficult.
— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) January 5, 2020
At first glance it makes a lot of sense for the Whites to go after a striker who has netted nine goals in 20 Championship appearances this term, but a closer look at his stats show that he simply isn’t what Leeds need right now.
Leeds don’t need a like for like Bamford replacement, they need a man who will step in to provide the goods when he isn’t firing, and unfortunately, Woodrow isn’t that.
Bamford has often been criticised for his finishing ability, and for good reason too.
The striker has netted ten goals this season from 81 shots, and that’s good enough for a finishing rate of 12.34 per cent. To put that into context, Eddie Nketiah’s finishing rate was 18.75% during his time at the club.
Woodrow may have nine strikes this term, but that is seemingly symptomatic of him being the only decent striker in a rather poor Barnsley side. His finishing rate is even worse than Bamford’s, sitting at 10.97%. In total, he’s had 82 shots in the Championship this term.
On that evidence, the former Fulham man isn’t the answer to this puzzle.