If you ask the large majority of Leeds United supporters what player they want the club to sign in the final days of the transfer window, they will surely say – with little hesitation – a new striker.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side have so far been unsuccessful in their attempts to replace Eddie Nketiah. The Yorkshire Evening Post reported this week that Leeds have had three bids for Che Adams rejected by Southampton.
It remains to be seen what the Whites could have up their sleeve in the remaining days of the window. But there is surely no doubt that they cannot afford to let the deadline pass without signing another goalscorer.
And perhaps they should consider a move to sign Stoke City youngster Tyrese Campbell in a move that may prove somewhat reminiscent of Tyler Roberts’s switch to Elland Road two years ago.
Roberts joined Leeds on the final day of the 2018 January transfer window for £2.5 million (fee reported by Sky Sports), with the Whites capitalising on the forward’s contract situation at West Brom.
As reported by Sky Sports, Roberts had entered the final six months of his deal with the Baggies. And that seemingly opened the door for Leeds to make an offer that they could not refuse with a potential free transfer a possibility further down the line.
It has not always been the easiest time for the Wales international. He has struggled with injury during his time with Leeds. But there have been glimpses of his quality, with four goals and five assists coming in the Championship so far.
Should he manage to put his injury issues behind him, he could be a devastating option for Marcelo Bielsa to have available to him in the final months of the season.
And the quality that he has shown when he has been available should perhaps help tempt Leeds to take a gamble on Campbell this month.
Like Roberts two years ago, Campbell’s contract expires this summer (via Daily Record). And there are no shortage of admirers.
The Daily Record reports that the likes of Sheffield United and Rangers want the 20-year-old.
Campbell has shown what he can do at Championship level. He has scored five league goals this season, including the winner at Roberts’s old club and Leeds’s promotion rivals West Brom on Monday.
Some fans may, understandably, groan about the prospect of signing an unproven youngster. Ideally, Bielsa will add an established goalscorer heading into their peak years to see Leeds across the line in the promotion race.
But Campbell is showing signs that he has the potential to be a very good player. As shown by Whoscored.com, he averages a league goal every 134.6 minutes this season.
And with his contract situation likely to make it difficult for Stoke to demand an eye-watering sum, perhaps Leeds should make a move before the window shuts.