New WALL writer Sam O'Hara takes a look at who Leeds should look to sign in January if they intent on pushing up the league an challenging for a higher league standing.
Spirits are high at Leeds United following a good run in the championship, but to form a real promotion push they will need to strengthen in January.
Striking options are relatively thin and the team has been short of goals this season, although that has improved recently Leeds have still only scored 22 goals all season. Kyle Lafferty is rumoured to be a major target for the whites and he certainly fits the bill, having scored seven goals in Northern Ireland's Euro 2016 qualifying campaign. Lafferty is out of favour at Norwich so a deal could be possible.
Liam Bridcutt has been in great form since joining Leeds on loan from Sunderland and has been a major factor in the teams recent results. It is thought that United have a deal in place to extend Bridcutt's loan until the end of the season, but with his former club Brighton sniffing around Leeds may want to consider signing him permanently. Signing Bridcutt would certainly show a statement of intent.
Steve Evans has recently described winger Stuart Dallas as "unplayable" due to his impressive performances but Leeds could do with a similar player on the other wing to compliment him. Former fan favourite Robert Snodgrass has returned from a long term injury at Hull. He wouldn't be cheap but if Cellino is serious about a play-off push he is the type of player Leeds need to attract. Snodgrass and Dallas on the wings would cause havoc for Championship defenders.
The centre of defence is an area that has troubled Leeds United for many years, probably since the Premier League days. Although Cooper and Bellusci are currently playing well and Bamba is also an option, they could still do with signing a composed and steady central defender, someone with Premier League experience who could help the team in the playoff push. Mike Williamson is a player who may not spring to everyone's minds but he was impressive during a loan spell at Wolves earlier in the season before being recalled by Newcastle.
By signing these four players Leeds United would be adding quality, as well as experience and strength in depth to their squad and would be well prepared for a serious play-off push.
By Sam O'Hara
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