Noel Whelan: This is what is currently missing from the Leeds team
By Harvey Byrne
Former Leeds striker Noel Whelan believes that the side are currently missing a “targetman” forward following the sale of Chris Wood to Burnley.
The Yorkshire giants allowed last season’s top scorer to depart Elland Road for the Premier League after the Lancashire outfit made an offer of £15million for the New Zealand international.
Thomas Christiansen’s side have not since replaced Wood properly with youngster Jay-Roy Grot the only Elland Road signing since the 25-year-old’s departure, while Kemar Roofe started upfront and bagged the opener in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest.
However, despite the three points gained Whelan still felt as though there was something missing from the overall display and identified it to being a lack of a vocal point upfront.
“A few more better decisions and Leeds could have been more than 1-0 right now,” told Whelan, as quoted by the BBC Sport live match blog (8.26pm).
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“We’re missing a targetman. I think we’ve got into some really good wide areas and with not having Chris Wood up there now there’s nobody really in that box.”
Leeds have started the new campaign unbeaten under Christiansen with five victories and two draws from their seven matches in all competitions.
The Yorkshire giants will have been delighted with their start despite the losses of trio Garry Monk, Kyle Bartley and Wood from their side, who were all thought to be key in last season’s seventh placed finish.
Now, after their victory Leeds are sitting as high as third place and their next fixture will come up against relegation fighting Burton after the international break.
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