Leeds must renew interest in this proven goal machine to support Wood
COMMENT By Emma Sanders
Leeds should renew their interest in Rotherham’s proven goal machine Danny Ward to provide back-up and support for Chris Wood.
The 25-year-old striker is in demand following another impressive goal-scoring season with Rotherham so far.
The striker has stood out for the Millers despite his side struggling at the bottom of the Championship table and Leeds should be one of the clubs in the running for his signature this month.
Ward has already scored nine league goals in 25 appearances this season and he has netted almost a third of his side’s overall goals in the 2016-17 season.
According to the Huddersfield Examiner in the winter of 2015, Leeds were interested in bringing the striker back to Elland Road after Ward left in 2009 as a youngster to join Premier League club Bolton Wanderers.
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Wood has shouldered the majority of the goal-scoring burden at Leeds so far this season and despite a sensational team performance against Derby, only one goal was scored and it was the striker who was on hand yet again.
There were plenty of opportunities for Leeds to extend their lead but the need for another clinical attacker proved to be just as obvious as their dominance over Derby and the score-line wasn’t as flattering as it should have been.
Ward, just 25, would not only be a decent signing for the present but he would surely be an investment for the future too as he would arrive at the ideal age.
He is comfortable playing in a central role or as a winger so could offer variety up front for Monk and there may be ways in which he can be implemented to play alongside Wood.
In other Leeds news, this Sky Sports pundit hailed Pablo Hernandez for his influence on the squad.