Redfearn: Leeds should sign these two players this summer
By Alex Stevens
Neil Redfearn has urged Leeds to sign a striker and a goalscoring midfielder during the summer transfer window.
The former Elland Road manager identified the two positions as they key ones to reinforce when the window re-opens in June.
Garry Monk has transformed the fortunes of Leeds since taking over last June and has steered the club to fourth spot in the Championship table and on course to book a spot in the play-offs.
Monk overhauled the playing squad last summer by recruiting a combination of loanees, cut-price additions and lower league emerging players.
Redfearn has identified areas of the squad where two key additions could be made to increase the goalscoring potential.
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“The obvious one is, not some competition, but some help for Chris Wood up top, so Leeds can maybe go to two up there”, Redfearn explained in his weekly slot on Radio Yorkshire on Friday night.
“For me I’d like to see a midfield player that gets hold of the game by the scruff of the neck, a proper mister that gets about people and dictates the play, but does it from midfield and higher up the pitch and in and around the box.
“[Someone] that’s capable of getting double figures from midfield.
“I know they are few and far between, but I know the difference that type of midfield player makes”, he added.
Wood, who is the Championship’s most prolific scorer, has scored an unusually high proportion of Leeds’ goals this season, netting 24 of their 52 strikes from 38 matches.
The next-top scorer is forward Souleymane Doukara, who has scored five goals, while the central midfielders have barely contributed any goals.
Leeds are next in action when they travel to play-off rivals Reading for a 5.30pm kick-off next Saturday.
In other Leeds news, the club have sealed an out-of-window midfielder transfer.