By Noel Whelan

23rd Jun, 2020 | 8:41am

Exclusive: Bielsa told to fast-track never-seen Leeds striker to first XI

Noel Whelan has urged Marcelo Bielsa to dip into the Leeds United youth team to solve the club’s striker crisis after Jean-Kevin Augustin’s injury.

The former Elland Road forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed “beggars cannot be choosers” and was adamant that the Whites must have a capable young striker who’s never been in the senior side.

Leeds struggled to break down a stubborn Cardiff side on Sunday as they failed to capitalise on West Brom and Fulham’s slip ups.

As expected, Patrick Bamford led the line for Leeds but once again struggled in front of goal and with Tyler Roberts playing in behind the Englishman there was no striker on the bench.

Whelan begged Bielsa to fast-track one of the club’s never-seen Under-23 forward’s to the first team for the remainder of the season.

“The first XI is fantastic but when it comes to changing a game, to pull yourself back into a game you need goals and that comes from strikers – that is their job,” he told Football Insider.

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“I find it really bizarre that we do not have any more strikers.

“There has to be strikers in the 23s that are decent. That cannot be all that we have got.

“We have to have options and beggars cannot be choosers.” 

Ryan Edmondson has the been the Under-23s main striker this season and scored eight times.

However, the 19-year-old has been unavailable for the majority of this calendar year to date due to injury.

In other Leeds United news, it can be REVEALED that the club are braced for a near-£50million flurry of new signings this summer.

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