What Leeds need for promotion; Former Manchester United striker on the move

Stephen Pickering gives his opinion on the top Football League news stories of the day. Leeds United, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Nottingham Forest, Sheffield Wednesday, Sheffield United, Ipswich Town and Leicester City involved.

Leeds United have been promised an exciting January transfer window, which could be key to their promotion hopes this season. The promise of investment seems like it will be sourced from new benefactors. 

A lot of exciting names have been linked with moves to Elland Road in January, including old fan-favourite Max Gradel. Although it may be a bit early at this point to talk about real targets, where Leeds could do with investment is another question. 

I have seen many Leeds fans say how desperate they are for a striker, which I believe is true. Ross McCormack has done a fine job of covering Leeds United's short-comings in this area, putting in some truly jaw-dropping performances. 

The Leeds midfield does lack quality out wide, although, they've got around this with sticking with predominantly central players. I think the rumours surrounding Max Gradel could well be due to the player recruitment side isolating the area as needing improvement. 

A believe a couple of wingers, a striker and the return of a fully-fit Sam Byram and you would be foolish to discredit Leeds of a promotion push, and a strong one at that.


Elsewhere in the Championship, free agent and former Manchester United player Sylvan Ebanks-Blake has been rumoured with a potential return to the game after recovering from a broken leg he suffered last season. 

Leicester City, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Ipswich Town have all been strongly linked to the player, but I take a look at which destination would be better for him. 

I think the player has suffered enough injury woes in the past couple of years, so will be eager to thrust himself back into the first-team picture fairly soon. I think a move to a higher-profile Championship club such as Leicester or Ipswich and he could be left feeling frustrated due to strong competition. 

Another suggestion would be set a precedent in League One and put himself into the shop window. He has been training with Kenny Jackett's Wolverhampton Wanderers for rehabilitation since being formerly contracted to the club. However, if he wanted a new challenge in that division, then I would suggest Nigel Clough's Sheffield United side.

He would be able to show his ability on a platform, helping a big club up the table - perhaps he wouldn't be enticed by a long-term deal, but certainly could be a short-term option. 

He may also grab the attentions of Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies, as he looks to bring in a striker that can add to his goal-shy collection, despite the recent for of Simon Cox, it is still a worry for Forest fans and is a position that needs addressing. Sheffield Wednesday could be another option for the player, as they look to stay-up and rebuild their reputation, similarly to Ebanks Blake.

It will at least be good to see the former Manchester United striker back in play, it would nice to see him restore former glories. 

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