By Alex Stevens
Steve Evans has revealed he was planning to launch a bid for Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham if he had remained at Leeds this summer.
The former Elland Road manager also targeted Bristol City attacking midfielder Lee Tomlin before he was sacked in June.
Evans was replaced in the Leeds dugout by Garry Monk, who oversaw a recruitment drive that brought 11 new players to the club.
The 53-year-old Scot explained that, before he became the latest manager to be sacked by controversial Leeds owner Massimo Cellino, he was eyeing firepower to improve the team’s goal output.
Tomlin and Abraham, who subsequently joined Bristol City on a season-long loan from Chelsea, were on his shortlist.
Evans told the Football League Paper: “Talking of strikers, Bristol City’s Tammy Abraham is flying. Had I remained at Leeds United, he was very much on my radar, as was the very talented Lee Tomlin, who joined City permanently in the summer.”
Abraham has been one of the revelations of the season so far, scoring 11 goals in 16 appearances in all competitions for City, eight of which have come in 13 league games.
Tomlin has also impressed, contributing two goals and two assists from attacking midfield.
At Leeds, Wood’s haul of seven goals, five of which have come in the league, is the highest total from any Monk player, with no one else having found the net more than twice.
In other Leeds transfer news, a senior player is destined to leave the club in January.