Noel Whelan admits he wanted Sheffield United's Gary Madine at Leeds

General views of Elland Road before the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Aston Villa at Elland Road on December 03, 2016 in Leeds, England.

Madine left Cardiff City to join Leeds United's promotion rivals, Sheffield United, in January.

26 Jan 2002:  Noel Whelan of Middlesbrough celebrates scoring the breakthrough goal during the AXA sponsored FA Cup fourth round match against Manchester United played at the Riverside...

Noel Whelan has admitted that Gary Madine would have made a great January addition for his old club, Leeds United.

Madine moved to Leeds' promotion rivals, Sheffield United, on loan at the start of the winter window, a year after signing for Cardiff City in a deal reportedly worth £6 million [BBC]. 

The Geordie striker helped Cardiff to promotion last season and will be looking to repeat the trick with Sheffield United this campaign.

 

But while the Blades have also added Scott Hogan to their attacking options, Leeds will have to make do with what they have got between now and the end of the season.

Speaking to the BBC's West Yorkshire Sport Daily show on Friday, Brian Deane revealed he was "crying out" for Leeds recruit another centre forward.

And Whelan concurred with his former Elland Road teammate, adding: "We had the conversation didn't we, the other day, Deano, about Gary Madine?

19th January 2019, Liberty Stadium, Swansea, Wales; EFL Championship football, Swansea City versus Sheffield United; Gary Madine of Sheffield United warms up before the game

"We thought he would have been a great deal for Leeds. You know - physical, strong.

"And because we play so much down the width, you know, you don't have to put it perfectly on his head, put in the right areas and he'll make it a good ball."

Sheffield United, for whom Deane also played, can overtake Leeds and Norwich at the top of the Championship with a win against Aston Villa this evening.

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