Noel Whelan suggests where Leeds need to strengthen in January

General view of Elland Road before the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road on February 25, 2017 in Leeds, England.

Leeds United have made a bright start to the Championship season, but their recent form has not always been the most impressive.

General view of Elland Road before the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road on February 25, 2017 in Leeds, England.

Noel Whelan has told BBC Radio Leeds that Leeds should be looking to strengthen their striker options during the January transfer window, because he is not convinced that they have the depth to cope if Pierre-Michel Lasogga gets injured.

The Whites have made a bright start to the Championship season, but their recent form has been slightly more questionable with a number of defeats coming over the last few weeks.

Thomas Christiansen, Manager of Leeds United during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bristol City and Leeds United at Ashton Gate on October 21, 2017 in Bristol, England.

Their more recent struggles arguably confirm that January is likely to be a crucial month for the Whites with Thomas Christiansen hoping to be able to address any areas of concern within the squad ahead of the business end of the campaign. And Whelan suggested which area of the squad Christiansen should prioritise strengthening.

"I look at the striker situation. I struggle to see where we're going to get two players knocking in 20 this season and we might need that, you know, someone chipping in with 15," he told BBC Radio Leeds, before the Whites' clash with Derby on Tuesday.

Leeds United's Dutch midfielder Jay-Roy Grot (2nd R) has this shot saved as Leicester City's English defender Harry Maguire (R) closes in during the English League Cup fourth round...

"If Lasogga gets injured, from what I've seen of Grot and Cibicki, I can't see them being the answer. I can't see them being the solution. I'm sick and tired of hearing people talking about age, and [saying] they're young, that's a poor excuse because you've got people playing in the first-team at 16, 17, 18.

"So once you come across that white line, you're a man, you know what you're doing, you know your job, you get it done."

There is no question that January will be important for Leeds. Last season proved that not using the mid-season window well can prove costly as the Whites' signings failed to make a major impact as the rest of the squad started to run out of steam.

And with Leeds' momentum stalling in recent weeks somewhat, Christiansen can surely be in no doubt that not strengthening the squad in January in a number of areas would be a huge gamble.

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