Former Leeds striker Peter Lorimer discusses the key area that Steve Evans' side lack quality

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The Whites are currently languishing in the bottom half of the Championship, and Lorimer suggested that it's down to their weakness in one area.

Former Leeds striker Peter Lorimer believes that Steve Evans' men are desperately short of quality in front of goal, the Yorkshire Evening Post reports.

The Whites are among the lowest goalscorers in the Championship, and no team has scored on fewer occasions in front of their home fans than United have this season. And Lorimer explained that while the strikers' effort cannot be questioned, the current squad is not strong enough to score the amount of goals that will propel them up the table. 

"We weren't a high-scoring team last season but I don't think we look any more like scoring goals this season. You can't lay this at the door of the coach and I wouldn't say the players are guilty of a lack of effort or anything like that. We just don't have the class in that area of the pitch," Lorimer told the Yorkshire Evening Post.

"The problem is that a team like Forest do their homework and know not to give us any encouragement or any space. At home especially we just don’t have the personnel to break teams open. You can only change that by bringing in more quality."

With just three strikers in the first-team squad, it is perhaps not a surprise, as Lorimer suggests in Forest's case, that teams are coming to Elland Road aware of how United will play, as there's very little Evans can do to spring a surprise that will catch the opposition off guard.

Not only has Leeds' lack of depth contributed to the side's struggles in front of goal, but some of the finishing from the three forwards - Chris Wood, Mirco Antenucci and Souleymane Doukara - has made the club's decision not to sign a new goalscorer during the recent window all the more perplexing. 

The trio have all been guilty of squandering glorious chances throughout the campaign that must have cost the side a considerable amount of points along the way. 

With the vast amount of technical quality that Leeds boast in midfield, United should arguably be one of the sides that are still on the periphery of the play-off race at least.

However, with 16 games to go, it appears that Evans may already have to accept that his side are set for a seventh consecutive season in the second tier, and Lorimer seems to suggest that only by looking on the market for another striker will the team prevent playing in the Championship for an eighth campaign in a row.

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