By Russell Edge

16th Dec, 2017 | 7:09pm

'I fear for us' - Whelan identifies Leeds transfer must, blasts fringe figure v Norwich

Former Leeds United attacker Noel Whelan has said that the club must prioritise securing a new striker in the January transfer window if they are to retain any hopes of securing a play off spot this season.

The Whites moved to within one place and one point of the top six after their win over Norwich City at Elland Road on Saturday, Pontus Jansson netting his second goal of the season from a Pawel Cibicki corner to secure the three points in a 1-0 victory.

However, with the club having suffered an injury crisis in attack in recent weeks, which left last week’s hat trick hero Kemar Roofe leading the line against the Canaries, Whelan says the club have got to secure reinforcements up front if they want to stay in the fight for a top six spot.

His insistence comes following what the former White judged to be a sub-par performance from substitute striker Jay Roy Grot, blasting the Dutch youngster in his 10 minute cameo.

Speaking on BBC Radio Leeds’ West Yorkshire Sport’s Twitter account, he said: “I think they’ve seriously got to be looking at it (signing a new striker).

“Strikers make the difference come the end of the season.

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“If we’re going to struggle in that department and we’ve only got Grot to come on, I fear for us scoring goals because he’s really not ready for this.”

Manager Thomas Christiansen is currently missing both Caleb Ekuban, out with an injury suffered last week against QPR, and Pierre Michel Lasogga, who is making his way back to full fitness after an elongated spell on the sidelines.

Grot, 19, has 12 league appearances under his belt for Leeds so far after joining from NEC Nijmegen over the summer, but all have come from the substitutes’ bench as he sits on the fringes of the first team.

In other Leeds United news, the club are looking at snapping up a striker who is currently a free agent.

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