How Steve Evans' striker pursuit could seriously backfire

Mirco Antenucci

The current strikers cannot be taking much confidence from the manager.

Leeds United boss Steven Evans failed in several bids for strikers in the transfer window recently. The club wanted Sam Winnall of Barnsley but would not meet the valuation set at Oakwell. They also wanted Kike of Middlesbrough - who ended up shipping back home to Eibar.

Then there were the links with the likes of Frazier Campbell and Kyle Lafferty of Crystal Palace and Norwich City respectively.

No deal came off and the Leeds boss admits that he still wants to bring in a new striker when the emergency loan window opens next week.

Of course Leeds have plenty of options up front already. Chris Wood, who is admittedly battling a hamstring injury, Mirco Antenucci, Souleymane Doukara and Lee Erwin are all at the club and Leeds only play with one up top due to their excessive talents in central midfield.

So when Evans says he needs a new striker or two, what he is actually saying is, these strikers are not good enough.

Agree or disagree with that statement all you like, but it cannot do the confidence of the current attacking options any good when their manager is openly saying he wants to sign their replacements.

Hopefully for Leeds it will have the reverse impact, with the current Leeds strikers upping their game to prove Evans wrong - as Doukara and Antenucci recently have.

But it could prove a mistake if Leeds fail in their striker hunt, and Evans is left with a group of strikers nursing bruised egos.

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