Leeds United have a real problem scoring goals.

Manager Paul Heckingbottom seemingly has no idea who is the best striker is at Elland Road and goes with a new one every week.

Under Heck’s tenure at the Whites, he has opted for one of Pierre-Michel Lasogga, Kemar Roofe, Caleb Ekuban, Jay-Roy Grot and even Pawel Cibicki to lead the line, without showing any real leadership by sticking with one player in particular.

So bearing in mind this is probably because he doesn’t really rate any of the current forwards it means this summer the club will have to splash the cash on a proven goalscorer.

And Southampton striker Charlie Austin certainly fits the bill.

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The Whites have only scored 12 goals since Heck took command of matters at Elland Road and that isn’t good enough – in fact, it’s relegation standard.

Roofe remains the club’s top scorer with 12 but with the Saints forward, who has five goals in six starts for the South coast club, results could improve greatly.

At 28, the hitman has plenty of life left in him despite being used sparingly at St Mary’s.

Austin has made just 18 appearances all season, mainly due to a thigh injury that kept him sidelined for a large part of the campaign – but even prior to that, the forward was being used as a bit part player which means he might be tempted by a starring role.

He won’t come cheap but at some point the Leeds hierarchy are going to have to realise they they need to spend to get out of the Championship.

If Leeds can get their hands on the Saints man this summer and shore up the defence, then they can seal promotion to the Premier League.

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