Reflecting on the one that got away at Leeds United.
So many times this season Leeds United fans have been left to rue the absence of a prolific goal-scorer in their ranks.
When the Whites signed Chris Wood back in the summer it seemed that problem had been solved, while Mirco Antenucci is no slouch when it comes to finding the back of the net.
But while Wood has eight goals and Antenucci has five so far this season, neither is showing the kind of form that suggests they can fire Leeds’ talented young squad into the play-off places and – potentially – the promised land of the Premier League.
They did have that kind of player, but Leeds owner Massimo Cellino sold him back in the summer of 2014 for £11million (as reported by the Guardian).
Some Leeds fans may be sick of talk regarding their former player Ross McCormack, but the simple fact is that if the 29-year-old was still on the books at Elland Road he could be the goal-scoring catalyst required to fire the club back into the top flight.
Steve Evans’ side is full of exciting talent with Charlie Taylor, Lewis Cook, Alex Mowatt and Sam Byram among the mostly exciting young players in the game, but what they do not have is a striker who can score 20-plus goals in a campaign.
Wood could be that player but he is up and down this season, while McCormack already has 15 goals for Fulham, along with seven assists.
Hindsight is a wonderful thing in football, but picture an in-form McCormack in the current Leeds setup and you cannot help but see the almost inevitable success.