Leeds need signings like McAllister and Strachan in January

In his Saturday article in the Independent newspaper, former Leeds manager Neil Warnock 'lamented' not being able to get Leeds United into the Premier League.

Warnock, of course, blames the owners decision 'not to invest' in January, but claims to have laid the foundations of our current side. That might be a bit debatable, but what's not in doubt is that Leeds do need to kick on, and some landmark signings will be required in next month's transfer window if we are to stand any chance of promotion to the Premier League.

This week saw former Leeds legend Gary McAllister celebrate his 49th birthday, a player along with Gordon Strachan, who was a 'game changing' signing for the club. And that's what Leeds now need - top quality players who can take the club to the next level.

Warnock often talked about his 'icing on the cake signings' - indeed he does again in this weekend's article - but those signings simply never materialised.

Recent Leeds games suggest the need for real quality both up front and in midfield. Wingers Rowe, Gradel and strikers Tomlin and Grabban spring to mind, but one name regularly mentioned is that of Bermudan international Nahki Wells of Bradford. 14 goals this season is a decent return. The striker has pace, skill and quality in spades. Like McAllister and Strachan, a signing like Wells helps complete the team. It would also set Leeds apart as a side prepared to invest in the best at that level.

The signing of a creative midfielder and a striker to play alongside McCormack must also be a priority if the owners genuinely do want promotion. A midfield containing Max Gradel feels 'right' to most Leeds fans. Better still, of course, a returning Snodgrass and Howson. But combine Gradel with a McCormack, and things begin to look very interesting indeed.

Leeds manager Brian McDermott also needs a talisman to further inspire our forwards, or provide them with killer crosses. Talk last season was of a Faurlin reunion with Warnock, but this always seemed like a stretch. Aside from Gradel, more likely targets are Rowe of Peterborough, or Mackay Steven of Dundee.

Progess at Leeds United is now in the hands of the owners, who need to deliver the signings in January that will give us a shot at the Premier League.

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