By Russell Edge

20th Apr, 2018 | 8:01pm

Leeds must smash West Ham aside in reported swoop for lightning forward - give Heck X factor


If there is one thing that Leeds United have been lacking this season, it is the ability to surprise teams up front.

The Whites have been anything but exciting in attack, aside from a couple of glimpses of talent from the likes of Samu Saiz and Pablo Hernandez, who are without a doubt the best attacking stars at Elland Road right now.

Instead, the majority of their forays forward have been one dimensional, especially with the likes of Pierre-Michel Lasogga or Jay-Roy Grot up front, and it has not been a tactic which has worked out too well for either Thomas Christiansen or Paul Heckingbottom.

Really, the men who are meant to be bringing that something special to the side are the wingers, but Stuart Dallas and Ezgjan Alioski, as industrious as they are, lack the special something to spark the Leeds attack into life and make something happen.

It is something that needs addressing come the summer, and as such it should come as no surprise that have stated that the Whites, as well as West Ham and Derby County, are hunting a swoop for Birmingham City’s Viv Solomon-Otabor.

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The 22-year-old is a lightning fast winger who was named the Blues’ young player of the year in 2016, and has spent the last season on loan at Blackpool, where his 44 appearances have resulted in five goals and four assists across all competitions.

With a contract that runs out in 2019, a bargain swoop could be on the table, and with Heckingbottom in desperate need of that X factor, the Birmingham man could be just what they need – and with the promise of first team football, the Whites could smash West Ham aside in securing his signature.

It might be a risky signing, but the rewards he could offer are worth taking that leap.

In other Leeds United news, Heckingbottom must see fan favourites return for the club’s clash against Barnsley.

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