As far as January transfer windows go, this is a largely uneventful one for Leeds United.
It doesn’t look as though they’ll welcome any fresh faces through the door which given their recent struggles is arguably quite surprising.
The Whites haven’t won or scored a single goal in what has been an arduous 2021 for them so far.
Marcelo Bielsa will need to dig deep and consult his studious brain for an answer to his problems. He hasn’t had many since penning terms at Elland Road in 2018 but he is going through a tough time at the moment.
Could the answer be in a new striker? Quite possibly, although Patrick Bamford is quite clearly the undisputed number one. He has been ever-present in the Premier League, scoring ten goals in the process.
Though, according to Kevin Phillips, Leeds should be interested in Bournemouth forward Josh King. He told Football Insider: “100% Leeds would be interested. If he is made available a lot of teams will be looking at him. Josh King would be a massive addition for Leeds. He is playing regularly now, he is scoring and he is a handful.
“Marcelo Bielsa likes versatile players and King can play across the front line. He is suited best down the middle though with players playing off him. If he became available, I am sure Leeds would be one of the clubs interested in him.”
Indeed, it’s hard to argue why this wouldn’t be a good signing for the Yorkshire outfit. He has Premier League experience and crucially, knows how to score top-flight goals.
During his career, the Norwegian has netted 48 in 161 Premier League outings. Though, that isn’t the sole reason why Leeds should sign him this month.
Reportedly available for around the £10m mark, he would offer Leeds something that Bamford doesn’t.
He has become more prolific this season and runs his socks off, relentlessly pressing the defenders. However, when it comes to ball carrying and tricking opponents, Bamford leaves plenty to be desired.
In 2019/20, the forward has registered just 0.5 dribbles per game. For context, that’s the 11th best tally in United’s squad. Bamford’s record in the Championship, meanwhile, was just 0.4 a match. King, on the hand, is streets ahead.
Described as a “complete package” by Eddie Howe, the Cherries striker managed two dribbles per outing in the top-flight last season, amassing a career average of 1.8. That would put him above every player in the Leeds squad in 2020/21.
For further evidence, you only need to compare the number of progressive carries they’ve made towards an opponent’s goal. King made as many as 3.8 per game last term according to FB Ref. Bamford, by comparison, has managed only 1.3 in the Premier League.
Although King provides a wealth of experience and would add undoubted depth to Leeds’ squad, it’s his ability to carry the ball forward and take it past players that stands to attention.
Above all, that is the main reason they must look at signing him this month. Victor Orta would do a grand job by sealing a transfer.