Kyle Lafferty could be the signing to fire Leeds to promotion

Elland Road Revie Stand

The Norwich City striker has been linked with a temporary move to Leeds United.

As reported by the BBC last week, Leeds United manager Steve Evans has enquired about the possibility of taking Norwich City striker Kyle Lafferty on loan from Norwich City this month.

When you consider the 28-year-old has racked up just 27 minutes of senior club football this season, it is no surprise he is being linked with a switch away from Carrow Road, and even less surprising that Leeds are interested.

After all, if the Northern Ireland international can play to his full potential, he could be the signing that helps fire Leeds to promotion.

At first glance that comment will be easily dismissed by all but the most optimistic of Leeds fans. After all, the Whites are currently 15th in the Championship with 19 points from a possible 48, and nine points outside the play-off places.

However, Leeds have won back-to-back matches against Cardiff City and Huddersfield, and while there have been plenty of false dawns at Elland Road in recent seasons, it appears the squad has bought into Evans’ ethos wholeheartedly.

With a number of talented young players on the books, a defence that suddenly looks solid and goal-scorers in the form of Mirco Antenucci and Chris Wood, any thoughts of a relegation fight should now be forgotten. But adding Lafferty to the mix could see promotion become a distinct possibility.

The Norwich striker may not be able to get into their side but it has nothing to do with his lack of talent, as he has proved with seven goals in nine Euro 2016 qualifiers to fire his country to their first major tournament in 30 years.

And with that competition on the horizon, Lafferty will want to fill his boots and reach optimum form in the months ahead, suggesting Leeds would be signing a player with the bit between his teeth and plenty to prove…at least domestically.

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