Leeds should move for Aston Villa outcast Libor Kozak, with other loan options off the table

Leeds United boss Steve Evans wants to sign a striker on loan.

Steve Evans has been rebuffed with his moves to sign a striker on loan for Leeds United, with Kyle Lafferty and Lewis Grabban not set to link up with the Whites.

The Norwich duo were Evans’ priority targets to bring to Elland Road before the end of the Football League loan window this week, but Alex Neil confirmed on Twitter last week that Norwich would not be loaning out any players before January.

This has forced Evans to look elsewhere for a new forward, with just over a day left of the loan window, and there is one Premier League player who could be the perfect option.

Libor Kozak has played just 48 minutes of action for Aston Villa this season, coming on as a substitute in the League Cup victory over Notts County. He has only been included in two Premier League matchday squads, and Remi Garde does not look keen on utilising the Czech striker.

His future looks away from Villa Park, and Birmingham City were linked with a loan swoop for Kozak yesterday, by the Birmingham Mail. Garde is said to be considering letting him leave on a temporary deal, and Leeds should make a move for him.

He first joined Villa in the summer of 2013, and scored an impressive four goals in 14 Premier League games in his debut season. However, he was struck down with a broken leg in January 2014, and was stuck on the sidelines until the end of last season.

He impressed in pre-season under Tim Sherwood, but chances are not there for him in the first-team.

Leeds need a striker who fits their gameplan, and Kozak has all the strengths required to work in a system based around attacking wing-play.

He is 1.93m tall, and although the sample size is small, in his debut season with Villa he won 3.1 aerial duels per game. He is known for his strength and fight in the opposition box, and as Evans is currently getting his wingers to supply crosses to players poor with their head, Kozak would easily establish himself as a key player at Elland Road.

He is perfectly suited to the system that Evans is preaching at Elland Road, and Kozak could become the target man that the head coach so desperately needs in his starting XI to start scoring goals.

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