By Will Butcher
Leeds should make Arsenal striker Chuba Akpom their number one January transfer target, after he was reportedly loan listed by the Gunners.
The 21-year-old has struggled to have an impact in north London, with the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Olivier Giroud and Danny Welbeck all ahead of him in the centre-forward pecking order.
According to the Mirror, Akpom has been made available to leave the Gunners on loan in January. Here are three reasons why he would be the perfect signing for Garry Monk’s Leeds:
Despite his short career, Arsenal’s number 32 has a lot of experience in England’s second tier after loan spells with Nottingham Forest and Hull City.
Akpom scored seven goals while on loan at Hull last term against the likes of Bolton, Ipswich and Huddersfield, as they earned promotion to the Premier League.
His eye for goal could be just what Leeds need, as they look to reduce the goalscoring pressure on Chris Wood’s shoulders.
Leeds are severely lacking in players who are able to beat a man with speed.
Sporting Lisbon loanee Hadi Sacko and Kemar Roofe are the only players in the Leeds attack who can be considered as quick, but the Yorkshire giants are without a striker who can get in behind an opponents’ defence.
Akpom possesses a great deal of pace, and would be a useful asset to bring on from the substitute’s bench against a tiring Championship back line.
Antonsson’s stuttering form
The Swedish attacker has failed to impress at Elland Road since his £2million move in the summer.
Wearing the number 10 shirt, Antonsson has found the back of the net just three times as Wood continues to keep him out of Monk’s starting XI.
Akpom could be the man to add an attacking bite from the bench, as Antonsson continues to find his feet at Elland Road.
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