By Jonty Banks

12th Dec, 2022 | 12:40pm

Leeds United will keep tabs on Chris Wood in new January transfer update

Leeds United will “keep their eye” on former Whites striker Chris Wood as a potential antidote to their shortage of personnel in attacking areas, according to journalist Dean Jones.

Jesse Marsch is likely to go shopping for a new striker in January, with the injury-riddled Patrick Bamford sidelined and few other options available to him at Elland Road.

The Newcastle United striker, who scored 41 goals in 83 appearances during his prior stint at Leeds, joined the Tyneside club in the January transfer market last year for £25 million but has failed to live up to expectations this season.

Former EuroSport journalist Jones has suggested that The Whites should be looking for a forward in the ilk of Wood to address their centre-forward shortage.

He told GiveMeSport: “I think that they should be looking at somebody like Chris Wood, and I think Leeds will keep their eye on that situation.”

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Signing former Leeds talisman Wood could be seen as a step backwards for Marsch’s side, but it could be a shrewd signing if they can get a cut-price deal.

Yes, he’s not the most glamorous player, but he has scored goals wherever he has played, with Elland Road being no exception.

A potent aerial threat, and a player who takes up clever positions in the six-yard-box, the New Zealand international could be a valuable squad member should Bamford continue to struggle with injuries.

The main drawback of the 31-year-old is his inability to press on a constant basis, a trait which Marsch relies heavily upon, so it is yet to be seen if Wood would be to the manager’s liking.

With the Magpies man in their starting lineup, Leeds might need to shift their entire style of play and tactical setup to fit his needs.

If Marsch can get the striker for a decent fee, then it may be worth the risk, but other alternatives should be explored first.

In other Leeds United news, according to a journalist Jesse Marsch wants to sign Raphael Guerreiro ‘soon’ as a long-term left-back solution.