While the speed and incisive crossing of Modou Barrow could add extra creativity to Leeds United’s attack in the second half of the season, there remains a concern as to who will put these well-crafted chances away if Chris Wood is otherwise indisposed.
Therefore, reports in The Express that Leeds tried, and eventually failed, to bring Lewis Grabban in from Bournemouth feels like a missed opportunity.
The 29-year-old may have repaid Bournemouth’s faith, and their £8 million outlay as reported by The Guardian, with a grand total of zero goals in 628 minutes of Premier League action from one January to the next, but an inability to trouble top flight nets is no indication of his productivity in the second tier.
A tally of 34 goals in 80 appearances in his last two seasons at Championship level, the second of which spearheading Norwich’s bounce back into the big time, is the mark of a proven lower league goalscorer, one with a touch of Cameron Jerome-itis who feels more at home at Ewood Park than the Emirates.
Therefore, Grabban could have been ideal for a Leeds side reliant upon Wood’s Midas touch, at least in the short term. The New Zealander has 17 goals this season, a personal best, but behind him there remains a concerning lack of alternative goal threats.
In the end, the former Brentford man botherer rocked up at Reading, one place and four points above Leeds, on loan. Whether that gap increases in the coming months, thanks in part to Grabban’s experience and proven second tier productivity, could define Leeds’ season.