COMMENT By Danny Wright
It’s no secret that Leeds could be forced into bolstering their attacking options this summer, and one player they must look to recruit is Ross County’s Liam Boyce.
The Scottish Premiership striker has been in hot form this season and here, Football Insider analyses three reasons why the Whites should try to snap him up.
Chris Wood replacement
According to the Sun, a number of Premier League teams are looking at Wood this summer. The 26-year-old scored 30 times in all contests for Leeds this season, so it’s no wonder that he is attracting a lot of attention. Wood was a major part of helping Garry Monk’s men get near to a play-off spot, so if he leaves, a replacement will have to come in. Boyce’s record is almost as good as Wood’s in the Scottish Premiership and knows how it feels to carry the goal scoring burden of a team. It is understood that the Kiwi could leave Elland Road for £15million, which is likely to be more than enough to snap up Boyce.
Goal scoring record
Boyce, 26, has had a phenomenal season with Ross County in the Scottish top-flight. The striker scored 24 goals in 40 appearances across all competitions, meaning that he could prove to be one of the key additions at Elland Road this transfer window. If Wood goes, the goals simply need to come from elsewhere, and no one currently in the squad has shown glimpses of that. Boyce has been in good form in front of goal ever since joining County from Cliftonville in 2014, meaning that he has the ability to perform over several seasons. At the age of 26, the best could be yet to come.
Not afraid of big occasions
Although the Scottish Premiership doesn’t have the best reputation south of the border, Boyce has proved this season that he can be considered one of the best strikers currently plying his trade in the nation. He was a constant menace to Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic side in April as his goal threatened the Hoops’ unbeaten record in a 2-2 draw. Boyce has also began to step up at international level. The Northern Irishman scored his first international goal against Woods’ New Zealand in a 1-0 win in February. Leeds will have a lot of big games next season, especially against local rivals, and Boyce could lead the line against them all.
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