Leeds need to kickstart their promotion chase and January could be their perfect antidote.
Life under Thomas Christiansen at Leeds United was near perfect. Challenging for the automatic promotion spots in the Championship, fans were excited and optimistic that their 14-year wait for Premier League football would finally end.
However, eight defeats in the Whites last 11 league and cup outings has seen the Yorkshire giants fall to eighth in the Championship table - Saturday's 2-0 win over Barnsley coming at the perfect time to stop the rot for the time being.
Director of football Victor Orta has come under criticism for what are perceived to be his summer signings rather than Christiansen's, with a number of those players yet to prove their transfer fee.
Jay Roy Grot, Hadi Sacko, Mateusz Klich and Pawel Cibicki all cost more than £1million, but all have failed failed to make any kind of impact in the white of Leeds since joining the club this summer.
But perhaps the biggest disappointment is the form of Pierre-Michel Lasogga, who was brought in to replace Chris Wood following the New Zealand international's move to Burnley. But Lasogga has managed just five goals this term.
It has seen Christiansen start Kemar Roofe and Caleb Ekuban since, but a new striker is likely to be on top of Christiansen's January shortlist. Liverpool's newest England international Dom Solanke should be that man.
The 20-year-old is way down the pecking order at Anfield despite making an appearance for England, with Roberto Firmino and Daniel Sturridge ahead of the lofty forward in the rankings.
Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce had this to say on Solanke's situation, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo: "At the moment, we've got the ludicrous situation of Solanke playing for England when he's hardly had a game with Liverpool. That can't be right. Loans definitely benefit parent clubs.”
Leeds should now look to take advantage of Bruce's comments by attempting to land Solanke's signature in January, as he continues to await his chance on the bench at Anfield.
The Daily Star claims he is earning £20,000 a week, which is likely to be well within Leeds' wage structure.
15 goals in 24 appearances for Chelsea's Under-23 side as well as seven strikes while on loan with Vitesse Arnhem shows just how good Solanke already is, and a loan to Leeds would only benefit all parties involved. He could be the key to ending fans' wait of a top-tier return, now stretching back to 2004.