Gary McSheffrey has told EFL on Quest (Saturday, 9pm) that Leeds United need to sign a player like Newcastle United striker Dwight Gayle, as the inability to convert chances into goals continues to haunt the Whites.
Leeds suffered a 1-0 defeat to Charlton on Saturday afternoon, as Lee Bowyer’s men picked up an excellent three points at The Valley. Leeds had a handful of good chances, but failed to find the back of the net.
Marcelo Bielsa started Patrick Bamford up front despite struggling for confidence with Arsenal loanee Eddie Nketiah breathing down his neck for a start. Even with Nketiah on the pitch, though, Leeds failed to find an equaliser.
Former Leeds star McSheffrey, who played on loan at Elland Road in 2010, reckons Leeds need to sign Gayle who netted 24 goals in 41 league and cup outings at West Bromwich Albion last season while on loan from The Toon.
“For me, that Dwight Gayle type of player,” McSheffrey said, when asked what Leeds are missing. “I think they missed that last year as well. It’s something that didn’t get them over the line. It’s going to be their achilles heel this year as well.”
TBR’s view – Would Gayle make the difference at Leeds?
Yes. His Championship record is impeccable. Having played exactly 100 games in England’s second tier, Gayle has had a hand in 75 goals. Netting 59 times, Gayle has also added 16 assists.
It is a ratio of more than one goal every two games. But for Bamford, it is a different story. The ex-Chelsea man has scored 10 less goals at Championship level – but taken 130 appearances to do it in. He only has 12 assists.
So yes, Gayle would make the difference. However, Leeds would struggle to afford him. Indeed, the Toon loanee was reportedly valued at £20million (Northern Echo) in the summer, while Spotrac claims he earns £40,000 a week.