Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn has been quoted by the Yorkshire Post suggesting that a new, goal-getting striker at the club will help take the pressure off his team’s talented midfield.
The progression of the youngsters in the middle of Redfearn’s team this season has been remarkable, but the boss has admitted that a new forward looking ahead to next season should be a priority for the side.
“That’s something everybody’s looking for (goalscorers),” said the boss.
“I do think we’ve got goals in midfield – Alex Mowatt will get goals, Lewis Cook will start getting some, Luke Murphy scores, Sam Byram scores and I can see Charlie Taylor scoring.”
“But when you come up against a side who are organised, when there’s not much give in the game, it’s your goal-scorers who get you over the line.”
Leeds already have some very good strikers in their squad who offer different options in attack, but they have each struggled to find ways of being consistent.
Billy Sharp works hard and is a very slippery type of player while Steve Morison provides more of a target man option. Mirco Antenucci has done well this season, but finds himself out of the side and struggling to get back in.
Who the club might target this summer is difficult to predict because of the recruiting system that is in place at the club.
Redfearn can suggest potential targets but it’s Nicola Salerno who goes about the finer details of moves and orchestrates the transfers and the players who come into the team.
What’s become clear over the course of this season is how reliant Leeds are on their young midfield and how they thrive when the boss has taken some of the pressure away from him.
A new goalscoring striker who is capable of the consistency, which has been missing up front for the club, would definitely ease some of that pressure and put an end product to the good work of the men in the middle of Leeds’ team.