On Wednesday the transfer window will close, and after a less than perfect start for Leeds, Garry Monk has pinpointed the attack as the position we need to address before the deadline.
Ashley Fletcher is a player Leeds have been keeping tabs on throughout the summer. Leeds had looked to sign Fletcher on a permanent deal after his contract expired at Manchester United in July. Fletcher instead opted to join West Ham.
A deal to see Fletcher wearing the precious white shirt seemed unlikely... until rumours started to appear again this week that Garry Monk was planning to revive his interest in Fletcher and was looking to sign the young striker on loan. However, after a decent first Premier League start against Manchester City on Sunday and West Ham’s injury list including Andy Carroll and Andre Ayew, it seems unlikely that we will see Fletcher at Elland Road any time soon.
Leeds have been looking at a season-long loan for striker Ashley Fletcher for a few weeks but injuries at West Ham have put that in doubt.— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) August 28, 2016
So Leeds may need to look at other options to strengthen their front line. Hal Robson-Kanu is still a free agent. After a brilliant performance in the European Championships, the Welshman’s stock rose greatly and rumours started to swirl about where he would be playing domestic football.
However, two months after his heroics in France, the interest in Robson-Kanu has started to dissipate and, with Chris Coleman suggesting his selection for the upcoming World Cup Qualifiers is under threat for lack of games, a potential move to Elland Road may be the perfect fit for both Robson-Kanu and Leeds United.
Peter Crouch is another striker Leeds have previously shown interest in. The big man would be a perfect fit in a very physical league, but after his hat trick against Stevenage last Tuesday, Mark Hughes gave Crouch his first start this season and a move to Yorkshire may be off the cards.
David Nugent’s goal scoring record in the Championship is second to none and, with his playing time limited at Middlesbrough after the arrivals of Alvaro Negredo and Christhian Stuani at the Riverside, he would make a wonderful addition to our front line.
Monk has also stated that we may see some departures from Elland Road within the next few days. Sheffield United are supposedly interested in signing Luke Murphy, as Luke has fallen down the pecking order after the arrival of Bridcutt. Diagouraga, Silvestri and Doukara are also possible candidates to leave before the end of Wednesday.
Garry Monk now has three days to focus on getting a proven goal scorer, and then another nine days to integrate them into the Leeds side in time for us to host Huddersfield on 10th September. Whoever we see arrive at Elland Road, we need to start to see a vast improvement if we are going to push for the playoffs.