After his hat-trick against Leeds u21s, should Redfearn target Palace star?

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Crystal Palace striker Kwesi Appiah gave Leeds United a first-hand showing of his talents yesterday as he scored a hat-trick against their development side.

Leeds United could benefit from signing Kwesi Appiah on loan from Crystal Palace, after seeing exactly how devastating the striker can be on Tuesday afternoon.

Appiah destroyed Leeds' development side in Palace's 4-2 victory, with his hat-trick the most notable event during the contest.

It was a showing of the talents that the 24-year-old possesses and Leeds could do worse than take a look at him before the end of the season.

The Croydon Advertiser has reported on Palace's desire to send Appiah out on loan, and there would be few better places for him to end up than Elland Road.

Appiah is yet to prove himself at a higher standard than League Two, but he is beginning to build a reputation and looks to be capable of hitting the back of the net at any level.

The Palace man was a surprise selection for Ghana at the Africa Cup of Nations and he proved at the major international tournament that he has a lot of quality.

Appiah scored for his country and made four appearances as Ghana reached the final, before losing to Ivory Coast.

Despite his impressive showing he still has a point to prove at Palace, where his chances have been virtually non-existent since joining.

Appiah has made just one start for the Eagles since his move there in 2012 and he now finds his future plunged into doubt.

Appiah's contract expires in the summer and that is part of the reason why he could be an attractive choice for Leeds.

The Whites are being forced to show constraint in the transfer window as they have failed to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations and will only be able to bring in free agents or loan signings over the summer.

It means they are limited with what they can do and Appiah looks to be one of the brighter talents potentially available to them.

Leeds are likely to be on the lookout for a striker, as they have struggled to find a regular goalscorer this season, and Neil Redfearn will know about Appiah's talents having seen his exploits against their development squad yesterday.

By taking him on loan they have a chance to effectively take him on a prolonged trial basis and see if he has the potential to make it in the Championship.

Leeds have little left to play for this season in terms of promotion or relegation and introducing Appiah could be a smart move.

He would be a no-risk signing for the short-term, that could turn out to be a perfect long-term solution, and the move is one that Redfearn should seriously consider because of that.

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