With Leeds United’s season collapsing after the most promising of starts, much of the fans' criticism has been directed at transfer chief Victor Orta due to his failure to find a proven Championship striker capable of filling the void left by Chris Wood.
Pierre-Michel Lasogga started brightly but the goals have dried up and the Hamburg loanee’s lacklustre performances have drawn the ire of unsatisfied supporters.
Meanwhile, Caleb Ekuban has missed almost the entire season through injury and remains completely unproven while 19-year-old Jay-Roy Grot has plenty to learn after his summer move from the Dutch second tier.
And with Tomer Hemed extending his Brighton contract till 2019 on Tuesday, this only exacerbates Orta’s transfer failings. The Israeli international, linked with an August move to Elland Road by The Sun, looked like the perfect successor for Wood at the tip of Leeds’ attack.
After all, the 30-year-old had tallied an impressive 28 goals across two Championship seasons with Brighton while laying claim to a further 10 assists.
The late-blooming striker had enjoyed the most prolific spells of his nomadic career in England’s second tier and boasted the link-play, aerial presence and natural-born instincts to at least offset Leeds’ inability to keep hold of last season’s Championship Golden Boot winner.
Whether Hemed would have prevented Leeds from falling into crisis and losing seven of their last nine league fixtures is open to debate. But a striker with a proven track record in English football is what Leeds are badly lacking and, in the eyes of the fans, crying out for in January.
Unfortunately, Hemed now appears to have slipped through their grasp for good.