Leeds United have shortlisted Bournemouth striker Kieffer Moore as part of their January transfer targets.
Moore has not been used by new manager Andoni Iraola – he has only played seven games this season. His situation is being monitored by the likes of Cardiff City, Ipswich, West Brom, Birmingham and Sunderland. However, his wages of around £40,000 a week means, a loan move is the only option this January for Championship clubs.
Leeds’ attack this season
Leeds United have scored 45 goals this season, which ranks them fourth in the Championship. The attack of Dan James, Crysencio Summerville, Georginio Rutter and Joel Piroe have served them well this season. Three of the regular front four have scored more than seven goals this season and have also provided five or more assists. Daniel Farke’s work done on these players has been fantastic.
Do Leeds need another striker?
Joel Piroe has started almost every game this season, but he has been in the no.10 role – much to the frustration of a number of fans. In recent weeks it looks like the fatigue is catching up to Piroe, with a dip in his performances leading to Patrick Bamford leading the line against Birmingham last time out. Rutter and Piroe’s rotation between the nine and ten role means there could be space for another forward at Elland Road, with Bamford still finding his feet after a run of injuries and poor form.
In most of Leeds United’s losses this season the pattern has been conceding late goals and failing to find an equalizer. Which means Bamford, Wilfried Gnonto and Jaidon Anthony are often summoned from the bench to make an impact. The issue is that all of them have only one goal each this campaign.
This is where Moore would come in, he’s a solid player and has experience in the Championship. In his last two campaigns he scored nine and 20 goals respectively.
As a plan B he would also be a useful option for Daniel Farke – a no nonsense brute force aerial threat who loves to attack the box and score. He would feed off service from the likes of James, Summerville and Rutter.
As mentioned, Bamford’s return is a boost but his injury history cannot be relied upon, especially in this part of the season. I believe Moore would be a fantastic signing for The Whites – a short term loan till the end of the season could be the spark Leeds need to get promotion.