It was simply a case of Leeds United not being able to replace the 27 league goals of Chris Wood that accounted for some of the Whites struggles and losses last season.
27 goals from one striker is a hefty amount of goals to replace in one go, and that is just what Leeds United fans found out. Leading scorer Kemar Roofe netted 11 times and on-loan German striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga scored on 10 occasions but neither was consistent.
That lack of consistency, coupled with the more than sporadic nature of their scoring marked the duo as not the strikers needed to drive the scoring at Leeds United. Goals are what are needed to drive a successful promotion bid by the Whites, and they tend to come from strikers playing at the head of the side.
With that in mind, here are the six strikers that could be of benefit to Leeds United as they look for a promotion push next season.
Jerry Mbakogu – Carpi
Already subject to a gentlemen’s agreement and pre-purchase agreement, Carpi’s Mbakogu has already been linked to Leeds United. It is fair to say that it is a link that hasn’t received much support, for a number of reasons. Chief amongst these reasons is that he hardly possesses a sparkling goal return from last season – he only scored six times in an injury-hit 2017/18 Serie B campaign.
Of course the thinking behind any potential arrival is that he has the untapped potential to score more when exposed to the better service that Leeds United’s attacking midfield could provide him with. The rumours doing the rounds are that the agreed deal has been sealed for around £3 million and that an announcement is to be made before June 30.
Degree of fit for Leeds United 2/10
Chance of it happening: 4/10
Ross McCormack – Aston Villa
Ross McCormack and Leeds United know each other well, the Scot obviously being a former White from August 2010 to July 2014. During his time at Elland Road, the now 31-year-old featured in 157 games for United, scoring 58 goals and providing 31 assists. He was a Golden Boot 28-goal/10-assist player for the Whites during the 2013/14 Championship season.
A move to Fulham, with £11 million banked by Leeds saw McCormack continue his goalscoring exploits with 42 goals and 22 assists in 100 games for the now Premier League side. A near £13 million move to Villa Park in August 2016 has seen the 13-cap Scotland international score just three times in 24 games. More worryingly for Villa is his attitude to training, with a bust up over training leading to his ostracising by Steve Bruce and eventual loan to Melbourne City in Australia’s A-League. His three months in Australia saw him net 14 goals in just 17 games.
With Villa looking at shedding players, someone with the baggage Ross McCormack would come with might be a player they are looking to offload.
Degree of fit for Leeds United 6/10
Chance of it happening: 2/10