Massimo Cellino's year-long hesitation over signing Sam Winnall could now come back to haunt Leeds United

Leeds United Chairman Massimo Cellino

Sam Winnall is set to leave Barnsley to join Sheffield Wednesday, and that could be a major blow for Leeds United.

Massimo Cellino’s hesitation over signing Barnsley striker Sam Winnall could now come back to haunt Leeds United in the race for promotion.

HITC broke the news yesterday that Winnall was having a medical at Sheffield Wednesday, with a move to Hillsborough expected to be confirmed in the near future.

Wednesday have decided that Winnall will improve their attacking quality, and acted to snap up their man early on in the January transfer window.

Barnsley's Sam Winnall after the match

It should serve as a lesson to Leeds, who have been linked with Winnall for over a year now and failed to complete a deal.

Steve Evans first identified Winnall as a potential signing for Leeds in January 2016 (Yorkshire Evening Post), and the Whites were then linked with the 25-year-old again this month (Daily Mail).

However, Massimo Cellino refused to sanction a deal, with Leeds going elsewhere to sign Marcus Antonsson last summer.

The decision now appears to have been an error, as Winnall has thrived in Barnsley’s side since their promotion to the Championship, and Antonsson has struggled.

Barnsley's Sam Winnall celebrates scoring his sides first goal

Winnall has 11 goals for the season, and his addition would have considerably strengthened Leeds’ attacking ranks.

Leeds are still looking for a new striker to provide cover for Chris Wood, when Winnall would surely have been ideal to fill that void in their squad.

As it is, Winnall’s arrival at Wednesday will now improve Carlos Carvalhal’s side’s forward options - and with the play off race hotting up, that could prove crucial at in the battle for promotion the end of the season.

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