Leeds United should consider moving for Derby County's Jack Marriott

Jack Marriott of Derby celebrates as he scores during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Birmingham City at Pride Park Stadium on November 3, 2018 in Derby, England.

Leeds United are on the look out for a new forward, and Derby County's Jack Marriott could be just what they are looking for.

Jack Marriott of Derby celebrates as he scores during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Birmingham City at Pride Park Stadium on November 3, 2018 in Derby, England.

Leeds United should consider Derby County’s Jack Marriott, as they search for a replacement for Kemar Roofe.

Leeds appear to have a considerable amount of funds to spend on a new striker, with Dwight Gayle being linked in the Telegraph.

Gayle would be a fine addition to Marcelo Bielsa’s squad, but the Whites must have a back-up plan, as it is clear that they need a forward and Marriott could be a great option.

 

Leeds fans need no reminder of Marriott’s quality, as he tore them apart at Elland Road in the play off semi final.

The Rams forward hit two goals as Derby beat Leeds in the promotion deciding contests, with his finishing prowess on full display.

Marriott did not start Derby’s opener against Huddersfield Town last night, and even though that was largely down to injury, his place in the team is hardly a certainty.

Derby already have Martyn Waghorn and Mason Bennett who can play up top, and they are set to bring in Wayne Rooney in the coming days, as reported by BBC Sport.

Jack Marriott of Derby County celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Manchester United and Derby County at Old Trafford on...

Rooney could, of course, play a central midfield role, but if he is signed to play up-front then Marriott may face dropping down the pecking order even further.

And Leeds should at least enquire to test whether Marriott would be available.

Marriott could offer Marcelo Bielsa’s side pace and a clinical finish if he was to sign up, and he looks to be the exact sort of striker that the Yorkshire side need if Roofe does depart.

Kiko Casilla of Leeds United and Jack Marriott of Derby County  during the SkyBet Championship playoff semi final match between Derby County and Leeds United at the Pride Park, Derby on...

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