By Keith Ingham
After a less than impressive performance up in Teeside the money fairy brought more joy to the Theatre of Hope with the signing of Sunderland's Connor Wickham, on loan until the end of the 2013/14 season. The highly sought after striker, who was being chased by a multitude of clubs, chose Leeds after a successful previous loan spell at 'Wendy's, where during that period he scored a fine goal in the forgettable, for Leeds supporters, 6-0 reverse at Hillsborough. Throughout the game he gave Lees and Zalukias a dinner time to forget and the later has yet to wear a first team shirt after it.
More than one voice has been raised on two of Brian's latest loan signings, with Jimmy Kebe and Cameron Stewart failing to justifying the managers faith in them giving the team width we so desperately needed. Following those two came Jack Butland, who already after one game has in my opinion cemented himself between the goalposts after his immaculate first team debut at Middlesborough. I digress, back to Wickham the striker who commanded a eight million signing fee when he joined Sunderland from Ipswich, has all the attributes of a first class striker, speed and good in the air must be just what Ross McCormack was dreaming of. Ross has had a hard time of it lately not getting the service to add to his impressive goal tally. He did better with Matt Smith alongside of him but Wickham, no offence to the young striker is a class above him and indeed the youngster Smith will learn much from the striker, even though they are about the same age. It is a real coupe for Leeds and the influence of the prospective owner Cellino is there for all to see, as I cannot believe that both the signings of current England under 21's has been funded by the current owners GFH.
Now on the books we have Ross McCormack, Connor Wickham, Noel Hunt, Matt Smith, Dominic Poleon and indeed El Hadji Diouf. If these mentioned cannot boost our goals for ratio I for one will 'bare my bottom in the club shop window!'. I cannot see a better set of strikers in the Championship on paper, but unfortunately it's played on grass and three of the players mentioned above have failed to really impress this Leeds fan when they've crossed the white line this season. I feel for Poleon as I don't think he has been given a real chance of a prolonged run any striker needs. Myself I see his future as a winger if he can just cut out the 'fancy' stuff and when in a good position lift up his head to see what is around him. He's young so maybe his chance may come in future years.
It is hoped that sooner than later all documents needed will be ratified by the Football League and who knows more may follow these two latest signings. A place in the top six is still a long ask but to be honest if we can at least be there or thereabouts it may not seem such a disappointing season for the faithful. Welcome to Leeds United Mr Connor Wickham, the family await with baited breath your first goals in the colours of our beloved club.
On On On.