Cauley Woodrow may not have made a move to Leeds United during the January transfer window, but the reported Whites target certainly handed Marcelo Bielsa’s side a big boost at the weekend.
It was suggested by The Sun on Sunday (5/1; page 61) early on last month that Woodrow was one of the strikers on Bielsa’s radar as the Leeds boss looked to replace Eddie Nketiah.
Leeds would get a striker in before the window shut. But it was Jean-Kevin Augustin who arrived on loan.
With Barnsley reportedly demanding £7 million for Woodrow (Daily Mirror; 9/1; page 56), it is little surprise that he stayed put beyond January.
But that has not stopped the Englishman giving Leeds a helping hand on Saturday.
The Whites were the only side in the Championship’s top eight to win at the weekend. And they moved three points clear of Fulham after the Cottagers were beaten at home by Barnsley.
The form book suggested that Scott Parker’s men should cruise to a comfortable win. Fulham had won two of their last three, while bottom place Barnsley had lost five of their previous six.
But the Tykes stormed to a stunning 3-0 win. And Woodrow was undoubtedly the man of the match against his former club.
The 25-year-old broke the deadlock from the penalty spot, and rounded off the scoring with his second of the game late on. But he also provided a brilliant assist for the visitors’ second goal.
There is, of course, a very long way to go in the promotion race. But Leeds’s performance coupled with the nature of Fulham’s defeat suggests that this could prove to be a hugely important weekend in the race.
And looking at their fixtures, it is not going to be the last time Barnsley have a major say in the promotion race.
Gerhard Struber’s men face Leeds, Nottingham Forest and Brentford in their final three games this season.
And with the win lifting them to within six points of safety, they may go into those final fixtures with plenty to play for themselves.