COMMENT By Will Butcher
Leeds should solve their lack of depth in the striker department by making a second bid for Arsenal’s Yaya Sanogo.
Garry Monk’s side tried to sign the France Under-21 international back in the summer, but failed with a deadline day move.
In what could be a massive blow to Leeds’ promotion challenge, top scorer Chris Wood suffered a hamstring injury during the 2-0 win against Reading after firing his side into the lead.
With Marcus Antonsson failing to show any kind of consistency at Elland Road following his £2million move, Monk should look to re-enter the market for Arsenal’s number 22.
Sanogo, who is out of contract in the summer, has failed to work his way into Arsene Wenger’s first team as the likes of Olivier Giroud, Alexis Sanchez and Lucas Perez all sit ahead of him.
Despite disappointing loan spells at Crystal Palace and Ajax, the 23-year-old proved he can score at Championship level after netting three goals in eight games for Charlton last year.
Offering an unrelenting work ethic, Sanogo is able to work the channels and get in behind the defence. Standing at a lofty 6ft 4in, the former Auxerre forward is also very useful in the air.
Although he would not be considered first choice at Elland Road, Sanogo would provide adequate cover for New Zealand international Wood if the former Leicester hitman was unable to play.
With his contract six months away from its expiration date, Sanogo should be available at a bargain price in January and Leeds should take advantage of that.
In other Leeds transfer news, here are three other options for Monk to sign in January.