Forget Antonsson - Ex-Leeds manager names the striker Monk should have signed this summer
By Alex Stevens
Ex-Leeds manager Neil Redfearn has claimed his former club should be in the market for prolific front men like Ross McCormack.
The former Elland Road striker completed a £12million move from Fulham to Aston Villa on Wednesday morning.
Speaking on Radio Yorkshire’s Yorkshire Football Show on Wednesday night, Redfearn said a club of Leeds’ stature should be trying to sign the best players in the Championship.
Garry Monk’s team have bought Swedish striker Marcus Antonsson for around £2million this summer, winger Kemar Roofe has also arrived in a deal worth around £3million from Oxford and playmaker Pablo Hernandez has signed on a six-month loan.
Roofe scored 26 goals in League Two last season but Redfearn, who managed Leeds for three caretaker spells as well as permanently for six months until May 2015, believes it is crucial to have proven scorers in the second tier if they are to challenge for promotion.
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Antonsson and Chris Wood are likely to be vying for the centre-forward role.
“They’ll come up with goals but when Leeds have been successful in recent times they need to be looking at someone prolific to come up with 20 plus,” Redfearn told Radio Yorkshire, as quoted by HITC. “Chris Wood is capable but he’s needed those type of players [like Roofe and Hernandez] to be brought in.
“McCormack is prolific he scores goals wherever he goes. This is the type of player Leeds need to be in the market for. Goalscorers breed confidence in the players around them.”
Leeds sold McCormack to Fulham in 2014 for £12 million, and he has now moved again for the same price after two goal-filled campaigns in west London.
The Scotland international, 29, who plays predominantly in a No10 role, scored 58 goals in 157 matches for Leeds, in addition to providing 31 assists.
In other Leeds transfer news, the club are to miss out on a windfall after a £12million bid for their ex-striker was accepted.