Michael Appleton has claimed on EFL on Quest (Saturday, 9pm) that Leeds United should have rivalled West Bromwich Albion for Charlie Austin, after the Whites suffered a somewhat surprising defeat to Charlton Athletic.
Macauley Bonne scored the only goal of the game as former Leeds star Lee Bowyer masterminded a 1-0 win for Charlton, who have taken to life back in the Championship after gaining promotion from League One last season.
Leeds’ inability to convert chances into goals was on show once again, as the Whites dominated possession and had multiple opportunities to find the back of the net. But they struggled to find their way past Dillon Phillips.
New Lincoln City manager Appleton, who saw his side lose 2-1 to Simon Grayson’s Blackpool in his first game in charge in League One, believes Leeds should have signed Austin – who joined West Brom for £4million (BBC) from Southampton.
“They’re prolific in both boxes but they do miss that goalscorer there is no doubt about it,” Appleton said. “I think a Charlie Austin at West Brom, that is the type they will be looking at.”
TBR’s view – Should Leeds have signed Austin, instead of West Brom?
Austin, 30, has excellent Championship stats, scoring 66 times in 134 appearances. He is yet to find his goalscoring touch at The Baggies, scoring only one goal in seven appearances for West Brom.
But he has 66 goals in 134 Championship appearances, and a player with that kind of form in England’s second tier would have certainly helped Leeds – given Patrick Bamford’s lack of confidence when putting the ball in the back of the net.
It remains to be seen if Leeds will look to bring in a striker in January.