Whilst it’s not exactly the position that Leeds need to be focusing on the most, it’s certainly one that can give them a little bit of a boost going forward.
Marcelo Bielsa has spoken recently about the struggles that he could potentially face when trying to bring in a striker in the January window, and that if he doesn’t, then he’ll have to find a solution from somewhere else. Well in a roundabout way, he might just have stumbled upon one.
There have been reports in recent weeks linking Leeds United with Sheffield United’s Luke Freeman, the 27-year-old has been a bit of a fringe player so far this season, only starting three league games, but Leeds are continuing to monitor the situation to see if they can bring him on board.
Whilst Freeman is a bit of a jack of all trades, given that he can play multiple positions, he is predominantly an attacking midfielder, having played most of his career there. And whilst Leeds and Bielsa are focused on bringing in a forward in this window, if they can’t bring in a suitable forward, then Freeman could give them the opportunity to utilise a forward that they already have at the club.
Tyler Roberts has been playing mostly as a midfielder and winger for Leeds United this season, even though he is a centre-forward by trade, and has been pretty effective in that role, scoring 15 goals and chipping in with 12 assists in 65 appearances there.
So whilst he might not be a big name forward like Che Adams or Dwight Gayle that Leeds have reportedly been interested in, but just enough to give then that firepower that the club has been asking for the majority of the season.
Is Roberts our potential answer at CF?
And given that he only cost the Blades £5m in the summer, assuming they don’t bump the price up too much, it would certainly be a lot cheaper than the £11m+ that Southampton want for Adams or Newcastle want for Gayle.