Three reasons why Leeds must rival Celtic for reportedly available Arsenal striker (not Sanogo)
COMMENT By Will Butcher
Leeds must throw their hat into the ring to sign Arsenal striker Chris Willock and rival Scottish champions Celtic for his signature.
The Mirror claims 19-year-old Willock is available to leave the Gunners at the end of the season, with Celtic eyeing a cut-price deal with compensation less for non-English clubs.
Although a compensation fee would be substantially higher if Leeds did try to sign Willock, here are three reasons why the youngster would be a top signing at Elland Road.
Versatile in attack
Arsenal’s number 68 is able to play out wide as well as a centre forward, possessing bags of pace and trickery in the final third. With Modou Barrow, Hadi Sacko and Alfonso Pedraza all on loan and their futures uncertain at Elland Road, all three could leave in the summer, leaving Leeds thin in attacking options out wide. Bringing the England youth international to Elland Road would provide manager Garry Monk with quality cover out wide, either in the Championship or in the Premier League.
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The Swedish forward has struggled to make an impressive since his £2million summer move from Kalmar FF, scoring just three goals for the Elland Road outfit. With Chris Wood relied upon to score the goals this season, which has seen him find the back of the net 27 times in all competitions, Leeds’ next top goalscorer is Souleymane Doukara who has struck just five times throughout the 2016-17 campaign. Proving he is able to find the back of the net at Premier League 2 level with three goals for Arsenal’s development side this term, Willock has also added seven assists in 16 appearances and would add both creativity and top quality cover for Wood.
Young stars thrive under Monk
Monk has seen the likes of Ronaldo Vieira, Lewie Coyle and Tyler Denton all thrive in his side this season as they continue their development from Leeds’ esteemed Thorp Arch training academy. Bringing Willock to Elland Road would see the forward maximise his potential under former Swansea boss Monk, and could be crucial in either seeing Leeds mount a title challenge next season or keeping them in the Premier League if they do indeed gain promotion through the play-offs this time round.
In other Leeds transfer news, Whites could have increased this fee for a Premier League striker.