By Sean Fisher

1st Nov, 2022 | 10:40pm

Leeds United can't afford to wait for Ollie Watkins and should turn their attention towards two better options

Leeds United are in the hunt for a new striker in January, so if Ollie Watkins isn’t available then it’s important the club moves on quickly.

With Patrick Bamford unable to provide the goals this season, Leeds are desperate to bring in a ready-made goalscorer in January. CBS Sports journalist Ben Jacobs reported that Leeds were “monitoring” Watkins in August, but a summer move never came to fruition.

Leeds still might have looked towards Watkins in January, but Dean Jones has claimed that he wants to stay at Aston Villa.

Speaking to GiveMeSport, Jones said: “He doesn’t want to leave Aston Villa, ultimately he’ll see this as a clean slate for him and I don’t think Leeds will be able to get him.”

So be it. Leeds don’t have time to wait for their targets to be available. With relegation still a looming threat, Marsch and Victor Orta need to identify new striker targets, and quickly.

Two better options

Leeds United have been interested in Watkins for over two years now, with Phil Hay recently claiming that the club were looking at him back in 2020 before eventually signing Rodrigo. [The Phil Hay Show]

But Watkins now seems settled at Villa and with Unai Emery joining the club, his focus will fully be on impressing the Spaniard and nailing down a starting spot. If he’s not even remotely looking at Leeds, then Leeds shouldn’t be looking at him.

Ideally, Leeds need a striker wanting a January move – and also one excited at the chance of playing for Leeds.

Cody Gakpo was a summer priority and will surely be top of the shopping list in January, while Rennes forward Martin Terrier is another great option that has been linked with a move. [90 Min]

Both Gakpo and Terrier would be huge improvements to the current squad, providing Marsch with a natural goalscorer to rely on.

Leeds need a striker urgently if they are to retain their place in the Premier League, and the clock is ticking.

In other Leeds United news, Neil Moxley says Jesse Marsch should still be sacked after beating Liverpool