Leeds United now need Britt Assombalonga to maintain good feeling at Elland Road

Britt Assombalonga of Middlesbrough looks on during the Sky Bet Championship Play Off Semi Final:First Leg match between Middlesbrough and Aston Villa at Riverside Stadium on May 12, 2018...

Leeds United appear to be set to miss out on two of their top targets this summer.

Britt Assombalonga of Middlesbrough looks on during the Sky Bet Championship Play Off Semi Final:First Leg match between Middlesbrough and Aston Villa at Riverside Stadium on May 12, 2018...

Leeds United have put themselves under added pressure to land Britt Assombalonga, as they struggle to get a deal for a striker over the line.

The Yorkshire Evening Post have reported how Leeds are cooling their interest in Derby County’s Matej Vydra, and struggling to finance a contract for Abel Hernandez.

Vydra and Hernandez have been Leeds’ top two targets so far this summer, as Marcelo Bielsa searches to improve his attacking options.

Matej Vydra of Derby celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Nottingham Forest at iPro Stadium on October 15, 2017 in Derby,...

However, with the pair now looking likely to move elsewhere, Leeds’ striking options look weak and the Whites are playing a risky game.

The Northern Echo have named Middlesbrough’s Assombalonga as their most recent target, and Leeds are now under serious pressure to ensure that they land him, even though he is valued at £15 million.

The Whites were tentatively linked with Lewis Grabban earlier this summer, but he has moved to Nottingham Forest, and with deals for Vydra and Hernandez now falling by the wayside, Leeds are running out of options.

Hull City's Uruguayan striker Abel Hernandez celebrates scoring his team's third goal during the English Premier League football match between Hull City and Middlesbrough at the KCOM...

There simply isn’t enough proven Championship strikers out there for Leeds to continue to pass up opportunities.

And if Leeds don’t get a deal for Assombalonga over the line then they would risk denting all the optimism they have created from the appointment of Bielsa.

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