What Leeds United really need this month is the pace and unpredictability of a winger and the relentless finishing of a natural goal-scorer.
And it seemed that the Whites believed they could get both at Peterborough United. Director of Football Barry Fry told the Peterborough Telegraph that Leeds had made £2 million bids for Marcus Maddison and Jack Marriott, only for both to be turned down.
And, a month on, it appears unlikely that either will be arriving at Elland Road, especially not Marriott with the Sun claiming that Premier League duo Crystal Palace and West Ham have watched a striker now valued at £7 million.
The report states that Leeds are among Middlesbrough, Aston Villa and Cardiff City in watching Blackburn Rovers star Bradley Dack in recent weeks.
And while the former Gillingham favourite has 11 goals to his name this season, he is neither a winger nor a striker, instead another midfielder, and it is not immediately clear where he would fit into Thomas Christiansen’s first XI.
Dack is a player with real quality and someone capable of notching double figures from a deeper role. But, in the eyes of Leeds fans, he should not be the club’s primary target.
A very, very good attacking midfielder!— Daryl (@Dazelar29) January 22, 2018
Would be a good signing but if he’s going for that kind of money we’d be much better of signing Maddison imo.— All Things Leeds United ⚽️ (@FocusOnTheFooty) January 22, 2018
If we get him say goodbye to okane— Luciano (@LUFCLDP1989) January 22, 2018
the one position we really don't need to strengthen, if anything we need another winger and a central defender.— Craig (@lufcCraig) January 22, 2018
We need maddison and a striker.— jayjay82 (@jwh1982) January 22, 2018
Couldn’t agree more. Maddison 100%— @ (@deancore) January 22, 2018
Be stupid if true, Blackburn paid peanuts for him!— Cuddy (@CudwSam) January 22, 2018
Just can't see it, another MF player!— MCC1 (@1amcc) January 22, 2018