By Sam Stone

14th Sep, 2022 | 6:10am

Joao Pedro links could see Leeds United current forwards come under pressure

Leeds United could revisit a January move for Joao Pedro and that could see a number of strikers’ futures come under threat.

Leeds Live reported (12 September) that Jesse Marsch could revisit a move for the 20-year-old striker after being credited with an interest in the summer (Tuttomercatoweb, 10 August).

Marsch added Willy Gnonto to his ranks on deadline day, but it’s fairly obvious that the American is less than happy with his striking options.

Patrick Bamford has had injury problems, Rodrigo is unavailable and Joe Gelhardt cannot be expected to be his main man at such a young age.

It would not be a surprise to see Pedro or another striker with more first-team experience come to the club in January. Leeds’ current crop of strikers should certainly be concerned if another player does come to Elland Road.

Bamford’s injury record has proven so costly to his career in recent years and Marsch may not be convinced by his ability to remain fit and firing for a long period of time. At 29, he is very much through his developmental stage and Marsch may want to target a younger player such as Pedro to be his main man.

Considering that Leeds are still being linked to strikers after the summer window, it’s not a good sign for the Englishman.

If Leeds did revisit a move for Pedro, then it would not be a shock to see one of their youth products also leave the club on loan to get first-team football.

Gnonto has been earmarked for first-team football considering he is already an Italy international and Gelhardt is a first-team regular. The likes of Sonny Perkins and Sam Greenwood are two players that could benefit from time away from the club.

18-year-old Perkins has had minimal first-team football in his career and could really benefit from time away from the club and if another striker does join Leeds, his chances could be few and far between.

In other Leeds United news, a Leeds loanee has picked up a hamstring injury after an impressive start to the season.