Leeds United boss Neil Redfearn praises 'big difference' Igor Vetokele

Charlton Athletic

The Leeds boss was lamenting his lack of a big name striker.

Neil Redfearn takes his Leeds players to face Charlton Athletic this weekend, where last season one man was the star of the show.

That day Ross McCormack stole the limelight. Leeds won 4-2 at The Valley in November 2013 with McCormack scoring all four goals for the Yorkshire club.

There is little doubt Leeds are missing his mercurial nature up top. This season Leeds' top scorer is Mirco Antenucci on 10 goals. Other strikers, such as zero goal Steve Morison, have not been as prolific. McCormack scored 29 goals for Leeds last season and has netted 16 for Fulham this, Leeds would love a striker of his ilk.

Their weekend opponents Charlton have their own star striker. Igor Vetokele has scored 11 goals this season since arriving from FC Copenhagen, which Redfearn laments.

He told LUTV (subscription required) this week:

"If you look at the main striker they've got, Vetokele, they paid over £2 million for him and it makes a difference. He's got 20 odd goals this season and something like that makes a big difference."

A slightly over the top estimation of Vetokele's qualities, considering he has only one more goal than Antenucci has notched this campaign, but his point is clear.

Leeds need to spend money this summer on a striker who will get them 20 goals next season. Think a Daryl Murphy, a Troy Deeney, a Cameron Jerome.

If Leeds are to mount a serious promotion challenge next campaign, this has to be a priority.

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