By Saikat Mandal

19th Nov, 2022 | 4:10pm

Angus Kinnear and Leeds United board could make major January transfer blunder

It is an open secret that Leeds United need to sign a striker in the January transfer window, but the club could make a U-turn on that decision.

Patrick Bamford once again has fallen victim to injuries and it has left Jesse Marsch to rely on young guns to carry the team forward.

Luckily for Marsch, Rodrigo has finally found his Midas touch after years of struggles. He is scoring goals for fun, netting nine goals in 13 league games this season so far.

According to a report from Yorkshire Evening Post, his impressive form may prompt the Leeds board and Angus Kinnear, the club’s managing director, in particular, to refrain from signing a new striker in January.

Considering the fact that the Whites have a bitter experience of signing strikers in January in recent windows (the case of Jean-Kévin Augustin comes to mind), they could decide to wait until the summer.

Bamford will return to action after the World Cup. If Rodrigo maintains his scoring form, and Crysencio Summerville continues to shine, ideally Marsch should have enough options with him.

But it will be a major transfer blunder if the club decides so, simply because, it’s risky and there’s a lot of ‘If’ in between.

Every time it appears that Bamford will play at a stretch, he keeps picking up injuries. It would be a huge gamble to think that he could continue without any disruption after the World Cup break.

Secondly, the form of Joe Gelhardt has been a huge concern. After impressing heavily last season, he was supposed to take his game to the next level, and become the club’s second most important striker, but that hasn’t happened so far.

Rodrigo has been in great form, no doubt, but he is not an out-and-out striker. The same can be said about Summerville as well.

Despite a mini-revival, Leeds are still 15th in the league table and closer to the relegation zone. They can hardly afford to take such a massive transfer gamble when survival could be at stake.

An experienced striker with a proven scoring record (could be from Championship as well, someone like Ben Brereton Diaz) is badly needed in January.

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