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Leeds United are going to spend money again this summer and one of the big topics will be around our striker situation.
Leeds are almost wholly reliant on Patrick Bamford up front.
Tyler Roberts has aspirations of playing as the number nine for Leeds but he’s got a long way to go before he’s seen as a reliable back-up by fans.
It means fans have got a lot of questions about the position and with a busy summer transfer window expected, Gary Fowler asked, “Why can’t we buy a clinical striker to help Bamford out?”
Leeds have really struggled in this department.
Remember Eddie Nketiah and Jean-Kevin Augustin?
Nketiah was a really decent striker who just couldn’t get the game-time his parent club wanted during his loan.
He went back to Arsenal and flirted with being a first-team regular before settling back into the fringes. He’s only made three league starts for Arsenal this season.
He could well be up for a move but I’d be very surprised if that was back to Leeds, although he was complimentary about his time under Bielsa.
Jean-Kevin Augustin’s career has fallen off a cliff and the only way he’ll be seen at Elland Road again is if he buys a ticket.
The big problem for Leeds is the same one that Tottenham have with Harry Kane. How can you find someone good enough to step in if there’s an injury, while at the same time being happy with sitting on the bench week-in, week-out?
The ideal would be a youngster who’s happy to learn but someone good enough to score in the Premier League.
Leeds might already have someone like that at the club, with Joe Gelhardt and Sam Greenwood both banging in goals for fun in the Under-23s.
However, it’s a big step up and Bielsa doesn’t seem minded to give either of them a run in the Premier League.
That might change towards the end of the season but if Bielsa doesn’t think they’re ready then I really think a new striker is needed in the summer.
If we don’t sign one and something happens to Bamford next season it could be disastrous, and that doesn’t seem like a good way to go into the second campaign back in the top-flight.
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