Leeds United fans have made it clear during the transfer window that they want players who will immediately improve Thomas Christiansen’s squad, rather than another influx of promising youngsters who may, or may not, be first-team players a few years from now.
So while Leeds attempt to pull off a deal to sign 17-year-old winger Jordan Stevens from League Two strugglers Forest Green Rovers, as reported by the Mirror, perhaps they should also enquire about the youngster’s red-hot teammate.
Stevens is undoubtedly a real talent, impressing enough in 13 appearances this season to attract interest from Premier League duo Everton and Brighton as well.
But if Forest Green are to pull off the improbable and survive in their first ever season in the Football League, they will be indebted to the relentless goal-scoring of one Christian Doidge.
The 25-year-old Welshman is enjoying a superb breakthrough campaign in England’s professional leagues and only four players in League Two have scored more than him this season. In all competitions, Doidge has 17 in 34 games.
So even if Forest Green do go down this season, which looks likely, do not expect Doidge to disappear with them.
But Leeds too are in the market for a striker and, with the likes of Jordan Hugill and Nelson Oliveira likely to be far too rich for owner Andrea Radrizzani’s tastes, Stevens should not be the only Forest Green talent linked with a move to Elland Road this month.