Should Leeds make a loan move for Arsenal striking prospect Akpom?

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Leeds should try and sign Arsenal striker Chuba Akpom on loan.

Leeds United's season has taken a worrying twist since the departure of Neil Redfearn as caretaker manager.

During Redfearn's stint as boss the club picked up 10 points out of 12 and the talk was of a potential play-off push.

However, seven games and no wins later, the Whites are starting to look nervously over their shoulders. 

They are currently only four points above the bottom three spots and if this winless run continues for much longer then they could be dragged right into trouble.

Although the appointment of Redfearn, as permanent boss this time, should help give the side a boost there is only so much he can do with the current squad and he may need to think about making additions.

Leeds were busy in the summer, bringing in 15 players, but there are still certain qualities which they appear to be lacking in. 

One of these problem areas seems to be their lack of pace up-front.

Redfearn has already suggested that he needs to start helping the side develop more of an attacking threat, but he may find that he is best served by trying to make a loan move.

One youngster who could be ready to fill this void in their squad is Chuba Akpom.

The Arsenal prospect has been in fine form in the development leagues, netting six times already and leading the goalscoring charts for the Gunners

It means that he is full of confidence and, although there is obviously a difference between under-21 and Championship football, he could provide them with the goalscoring touch that they need.

At the moment Mirco Antenucci looks the only striker who can get a sizeable amount of goals for the club and firepower is something that they need.

Further to this, Akpom's pace can be a real weapon and with him stretching the play it may help the more creative members of the side thrive.

Redfearn regularly utilised a diamond system during his first-spell in-charge of the club and if he does so again, Akpom could be the perfect man to allow Adryan to find his form.

The Brazilian playmaker has been used sparingly so far, but his quality is obvious and having Akpom creating space for him should help him to get more time on the ball.

Arsenal have already identified the 18-year-old striker who has a bright future at the Emirates Stadium, but they have allowed him to move on loan in the past and they would likely to be open to him getting a chance of regular first-team football again.

Although Akpom is inexperienced in the second-tier, the signing looks a low-risk one and it could be the perfect fit for a Leeds side looking for a striker who can terrorise defences. 

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