By Mike Courtney
So the transfer market is up and running and already B-Mac has dipped his toe and and landed a big fish, height wise if not name wise.
Standing 6ft 6in or 2 meters in new money, Matt Smith has become the first piece of the jigsaw for the new season. And as rumours abound that Noel Hunt is next to join on a free transfer shortly having turned down the Lions Den, B-Mac has added to his strike force. But alas I am not inspired. It may be just me but this seems like the same old same old with the arrival of a League One striker and a journeyman over
30 free transfer.
I know its early days and pre-season is still two weeks away and lots of players are still on holiday or tied to contracts until the end of June, which limits the possibilities at the moment. And I'm also realistic enough to know that we are not going to be vying for the services of Falcao, Cavani or other top end strikers. But surely we should be scouring the market for that 20 to 25 goal a season striker which is essential for us if we are to challenge at the right end of the table from the outset this season. They are out there and other clubs will also be competing for their services so I sincerely hope that GFH give B-Mac the backing he needs to strengthen our squad in the necessary areas, centre back, wingers and that illusive scoring machine.
Smith might be a good acquisition, he has scored against Premier League opposition in Oldham's cup run last season so he might be worth a punt.
B-Mac has plucked unknowns from obscurity to Premier League in the past, Dave Kitson being the comparison used in most of the stories written, and I do hope that Smith lives up to the mini hype surrounding him. But we must remember that this is Leeds and our track record in recruiting strikers of late is not the greatest. Morison hasn't set the world on fire since he replaced Becchio and one doesn't have to go too far back to remember the hope that followed the arrival of Billy Paynter following one good season in League One. We all know how that ended.
There will be a lot of pressure on the Big Guy to perform and it is a step up for him and hopefully he will be up for the challenge. We are patient fans at Leeds and he will be given time to settle and hopefully by the start of the new season he won't be the only Big signing made so he won't have to carry the burden alone. As always we live in hope and optimism. MOT Leeds Leeds Leeds