We analyse the players who could join Leeds now that they have sold McCormack for an eight-figure fee.
Leeds United’s influx of money from the Ross McCormack sale has already left fans eager to know where they may spend this substantial amount of incoming cash.
McCormack completed an £11 million move to Fulham today, making him the eighth most expensive British striker ever, despite him never playing a Premier League game to date in his career.
It is a serious amount of money for Fulham to part with, although they will argue that if he scores the goals that get them promoted back to the Premier League it was worthwhile expenditure.
McCormack netted 28 times in the Championship last season, making him the top-scorer, in a Leeds side and if he can match that total again he may still prove to be a good buy.
And, although Leeds supporters have been appeased from losing their star-man because of the seemingly excessive fee they have received, having money is no guarantee for success.
The funds must be invested in signings that can enhance the squad, otherwise the loss of McCormack will be detrimental on the pitch and that could have disastrous consequences.
Without the former Cardiff man’s goals, Leeds may have seen themselves relegated to League One last season and they need to add a lot of quality to their squad if they are to avoid a similar scenario in this campaign, especially without their key man.
Massimo Cellino has said that he wants to basis of this team to be from Britain, with a few Italian players thrown in to add a cosmopolitan feel to the squad.
The obvious need now is for a striker to replicate a similar goal tally to that which McCormack mustered last season.
In terms of those in the Football League, Leeds should be looking to target either Bristol City's Sam Baldock or Peterborough United's Britt Assombalonga.
Neither of the pair would come cheap, despite their status as League One players, but both could undoubtedly provide Leeds with a potent outlet up-front, given they both scored 23 league goals last season for their respective clubs.
The large sum also allows Leeds to add to other areas of their squad that need additions, too. Centre-back has been a problem position and with the departure of Lee Peltier, this may be another place where Leeds are looking to strengthen.
If they are looking for the crème de la crème of Football League centre-backs then they should place a bid for Harry Maguire.
The Sheffield United man may not be easily bought, given that both Hull and Wolverhampton Wanderers have found their efforts fruitless already this transfer window, but he would add serious quality to the Leeds squad and send out an announcement of their ambition.
In terms of who Leeds fans want to join the club, a whole host of names have been touted on social media site Twitter, including the likes of Huddersfield Town’s Joe Lolley and Luciano Becchio. Here are some of the best:
I reckon Leeds should try and sign @Lolleyj10 for McCormacks replacement— Tony Valentine (@TheOneTonyV) July 8, 2014
Should Leeds Re_Sign Becchio? 100% Yes for me. pic.twitter.com/xYGCchTpD1— Dean Rothwell (@dean_rothwell) July 8, 2014
If we are to aim big for a proven striker in the championship, Jordan Rhodes or Troy Deeney for me #lufc— Sam Snaddon (@Sam_Snaddon) July 8, 2014
First thing Massimo needs to do is get on the phone to our friends Norwich and bring back Howson and enquire about Assombalonga #lufc— Oliver Medd (@Olly_Medd) July 8, 2014