Two Strikers Who Leeds Should Target To Complement Chris Wood Next Season
Leeds United seemed to have had a decent campaign and looked set for a playoff position finish until the last few weeks of capitulation led to them finishing 7th in the EFL Championship.
And as a result, Garry Monk and his men will have to fight once again next season to achieve that elusive promotion back to the Premier League. The Whites haven’t been able to make it back to the English top-flight since they got relegated back in 2003-2004 and this past campaign looked like the most likely opportunity for them to have a shot at returning to the big league.
However, now that is gone, they will need to put up another strong campaign and make sure this time around they don’t end up throwing away their chance. But to achieve promotion, Monk will need to reinforce some key areas on the pitch to ensure that they don’t fall short next season. One of those areas that the former Swansea City manager needs to strengthen is the striker department.
Chris Wood has been sensational this term for the Whites and finished as the top scorer in the Championship with 27 goals. But Leeds have struggled to get the maximum points when their star marksman has been unavailable or has been shackled by the opposition defences. So, bringing in another quality striker at the top, who can share the goal-scoring burden with Wood should be on top of the list for Monk. And here are two options that could be ideal for Leeds to help them make a push for the promotion next season:
The 24-year old Nottingham Forest striker has been very impressive in the Championship this season for the Reds. But with a takeover being a possibility at the City grounds in the summer, there could be shuffling of the pack, with new faces coming in, as is the case with most takeovers. This could lead to a reduction in Assombalonga’s game time, paving way for a Leeds move.
The DR Congo striker has scored 14 goals this past term in the second tier from 32 games and has a sole assist to his name. A well-established striker in the Championship, Assombalonga has the pace, the power and is a natural finisher who would easily slot into this Leeds side and provide them with a boost for their promotion bid.
The 19-year old Chelsea player had a blistering campaign in the Championship on loan at Bristol City. Abraham ended the season as the joint-second highest goal-getter in the competition with 23 strikes along with Glenn Murray (Brighton & Hove Albion) and Dwight Gayle (Newcastle United).
With first team opportunities unlikely to come along at Stamford Bridge, the Premier League champions may consider farming him out for another temporary spell to the second division. Abraham brings attributes to the table that are totally different to what Chris Wood offers. He has the pace to get beyond defenders and as he displayed last campaign, he can create chances for himself with his energy. A permanent move may not be likely, but if Leeds manage to secure a loan deal for the England youth international, he will be an excellent addition to the squad.