Exclusive: 'I'd take him in a heartbeat' – Paul Robinson urges Leeds to sign six-goal PL striker

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Paul Robinson has said that Leeds need to sign a striker who can score 15 goals between now and the end of the season.

Goals have been an issue for Leeds this season, despite the 4-0 win against Middlesbrough last Saturday.

Patrick Bamford has struck seven goals in 19 league games but went on a barren run of 10 games without scoring. He has now scored three in his last four.

Eddie Nketiah has three goals in the Championship but hasn’t started a league game and there’s growing speculation that he might be recalled by Arsenal in January.

Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said, “Leeds need somebody who’s going to get us 15 goals between now and the end of the season, who’s going to finish the chances.

“Chris Wood, I’d take him in a heartbeat. I think he would be an absolutely ideal signing for Leeds. I think if they’d have had him last season they’d have gone up, this season as well. I think they’d be clear at the top of the league with the chances they create.

“[Dwight] Gayle at Newcastle, he’s not getting any game time so I think he’s a realistic target they could sign, but I would take Chris Wood back tomorrow.

“There clearly isn’t a huge budget at Leeds and you’ve got to be careful as a manager because you don’t want to upset the team that you’ve got.

“You don’t want to sign players for the sake of signing players but it’s a big load for Patrick Bamford to carry and whether or not he can carry it himself, time will tell. I think they need another quality option up-front.”

Chris Wood left Leeds in the summer of 2017 to join Burnley for a fee of almost £15m.

He’s scored 30 goals in 86 games there and has six Premier League goals in 13 games this season.

The Telegraph has reported that Newcastle would be willing to sell Dwight Gayle for a fee of £15m but it’s highly unlikely Leeds would be able to, or even want to, complete a permanent transfer in January.

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