The fans have turned on Paul Heckingbottom, calling for his head after the latest defeat to Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship on Saturday.

But he can get them back on side, save his job and propel Leeds towards promotion by sealing deals for two Premier League players.

Akan Nixon, the Sun’s transfer specialist, reported that Heckingbottom has looked to his old club for salvation.

Two players that he’s got his eye on are on loan at Barnsley from Premier League sides – Swansea’s Oli McBurnie and Everton’s Joe Williams.

Nixon claims that the players are “in the pipeline” and if Heckingbttom can secure both of them, on loan or on permanent deals, he will have taken a huge step towards next year’s play-offs.

Subscribe to Football Insider TV now

21-year-old midfielder Williams has played all of Barnsley’s Championship games this season, bar two stints out for suspension – that just shows his fire and aggression.

Leeds are in desperate need of a central midfielder to glue the side together, with Eunan O’Kane playing terribly and Ronaldo Vieira not progressing at Elland Road.

McBurnie played for Swansea in the first half of the season in the Premier League but has come alive in the Championship, scoring six in eight for Barnsley.

Both would fill problem positions for Heckingbottom at Leeds and both could play a major part in the side’s revival as the new manager rebuilds for his first shot at the play-offs next season.

In other Leeds news, ‘My god’, ‘Needs to go’ – Leeds fans furious after latest official Heckingbottom update 

Don’t miss out on breaking and exclusive Leeds United news by clicking here for our brilliant 24/7 updates on FacebookInstagram and YouTube.