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22nd Dec, 2016 | 11:02pm

Why Monk must axe 25-year-old and buy two strikers in January

By Emma Sanders

With Leeds flying high in the Championship and eyeing promotion to the top flight, manager Garry Monk has said he is “definitely” in the market for the new striker in January.

But the Yorkshire giants need to go one step further and recruit two new front men. Here are three reasons why Leeds should sign two forwards next month:

Antonsson needs to be axed

The 25-year-old has strugled since joining in the summer and Garry Monk should look to replace him in the January transfer window. He has scored just three goals in 16 total appearances for Leeds and has failed to provide adequate support for Chris Wood in attack. Monk has already expressed his desire to shop for a new striker in the new year but he may need to find two, as one will be needed to replace Antonsson.

Fletcher is a long-term option

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The exciting England under-20 international should be a player Monk looks to develop for the future and he should still target an experienced, short-term option to replace Antonsson. Fletcher showed great potential with Manchester United’s academy but West Ham swooped for the youngster in the summer. He has not excelled massively for the Hammers but he will be given better opportunities at Elland Road and could play a key role in their future if they were to secure promotion to the Premier League.

Nugent would make an ideal short-term option

The 31-year-old Middlesbrough striker is highly experienced and has been a proven goal-scorer in the Championship as well as having spent time in the English top flight. He has struggled to gain regular football for Boro but could be just the player Monk needs for the next six months to give Wood support in attack and guide Leeds back into the Premier League. While Nugent would be a fanastic signing for the short-term aspirations, Fletcher could learn from the senior player and develop into an ideal replacement in the long-term after Leeds have secured a place in the Premier League.

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