Signing Jordan Rhodes could cement Leeds United’s place in top six

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Should Leeds United make a move for Middlesbrough striker Jordan Rhodes in the January transfer window?

Leeds United are going strong in the Championship at the moment and are genuine playoff contenders.

Heading into this weekend’s round of matches, Leeds find themselves fifth in the league table with 29 points from 18 matches.

The Whites, though, cannot get complacent, as they will face tough competition from a number of clubs for a place in the top six of the Championship this season, including Sheffield Wednesday, Norwich City, Derby County and Aston Villa, who all are outside the playoffs at the moment.

Middlesbrough's Jordan Rhodes celebrates with team mates after scoring their third goal

Leeds do need to strengthen their squad in the January transfer window, and one area they should look at is their attack.

New Zealand international striker Chris Wood has done quite well so far this season, scoring nine goals in 17 Championship appearances.

However, beyond Wood, there is a lack of cutting edge in the Whites’ attack. Marcus Antonsson has yet to impress, while Kemar Roofe and Souleymane Doukara are not exactly ‘natural’ strikers.

Middlesbrough's Jordan Rhodes looks dejected

Signing Jordan Rhodes is certainly going to enhance Leeds’s chances of earning a place in the playoffs.

The 26-year-old striker may be struggling for playing time at Premier League outfit Middlesbrough, but the Scotland international is certainly a player who knows the Championship inside out.

Rhodes scored six goals in the Championship for Middlesbrough during the second half of last season and 10 for Blackburn Rovers in the first half.

During the 2014-15 campaign, the Scotsman found the net 21 times in 44 Championship matches for Rovers.

With the striker struggling for playing time at Boro in the Premier League at the moment, Leeds would be wise to make a loan move for him in the January transfer window.

The Championship may be a step down from the Premier League, but one suspects that Rhodes would be tempted to join a club where he would get more playing time that he is getting at the moment.

Middlesbrough's Jordan Rhodes celebrates scoring their first goal

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