Leeds United may wish they'd won Martyn Waghorn race after stunning Ipswich Town form

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Leeds United are desperately searching for a new striker - but could Martyn Waghorn have helped offset the loss of Chris Wood?

It’s fair to say the critics have been left scratching their heads in bewilderment with Ipswich Town defying the pre-season doom-mongers to sit level on points with Cardiff City at the top of the Championship table.

Mick McCarthy’s side, who bored their fans to death and redefined mid-table mediocrity last season, have won their first four games of the new campaign. And central to that has been the lethal finishing of Martyn Waghorn.

Martyn Waghorn of Ipswich celebrates scoring his sides third goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Millwall and Ipswich Town at The Den on August 15, 2017 in London, England.

According to the Daily Mail, The Tractor Boys paid in the region of £1 million to bring the hard-working forward to Anglia from Rangers earlier this month and he could hardly have begun in more convincing fashion at his new club.

In three Championship appearances, Waghorn has mustered five shots and scored four goals – not bad for a player who was frequently lambasted for perceived wastefulness at Rangers.

Therefore, you wonder whether Leeds United fans will be watching on with envy after the departure of last season’s 27-goal top scorer Chris Wood to Burnley left a huge void in their attack.

After all, Leeds were one of the sides interested in bringing Waghorn back to the Championship this summer, as reported by The Mail. And, at just £1 million, the former Sunderland and Leicester forward already looks like one of the window’s most inspired bargains.

When you consider that Middlesbrough have rejected an offer of £5.5 million for Rudy Gestede (below), as reported by the Daily Star, and fellow targets Jordan Rhodes, Pierre-Michel Lasogga and Ross McCormack would likely demand rather substantial wages, hindsight suggests that Waghorn could have been an inspired addition.

Rudy Gestede of Middlesbrough (L) and Alfie Mawson of Swansea City (R) battle for possession during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Middlesbrough at the Liberty Stadium...

Instead, Leeds may be forced to shell out a hefty fee for Gestede, Rhodes or McCormack – three strikers who could only dream of being as efficient as Waghorn right now.

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