By Alex Stevens

Noel Whelan has urged Leeds to sign an imposing striker in the mould of Chris Wood in the January transfer window.

Wood has spearheaded the Elland Road attack to increasingly impressive effect this season, scoring 11 goals in all competitions, including eight from 16 league matches.

Whelan is concerned about the calibre of the back-up to Wood, with fellow strikers Marcus Antonsson and Souleymane Doukara netting four goals between them in this campaign.

The former Elland Road striker was at Carrow Road on Sunday as Wood scored in Leeds’ stunning 3-2 win against Norwich.

Asked where Leeds need to strengthen in January to mount a sustained promotion challenge in the second half of the season, Whelan told BBC Radio Leeds: “A striker I think (is what Leeds need). They’ve got to look for a like-for-like striker for Chris Wood just in case.

“He is integral to how we play.”

Garry Monk’s side came from a goal down at Norwich to secure their seventh victory from 10 league matches and climb into the play-off positions for the first time this season.

Goals from Pontus Jansson, Chris Wood and Hadi Sacko secured a famous win for Leeds to maintain the feel-good factor at Elland Road.

Leeds’ third victory in a row lifts them to sixth place in the Championship and into the play-off spots for the first time since December 2016.

In other Leeds news, a senior player is destined to leave the club in January.