Leeds have today been linked with Derby County and Scotland striker Chris Martin. The Rams are looking to offload the forward so they can free up space for Nelson Oliviera, and £8 million target for Gary Rowett. Martin is more than capable for playing at the top end of this division but for whatever reason he isn’t in Rowett’s plans.
The issue in this deal, according to Phil Hay is that Leeds probably won’t meet his wage demands, even if this is a loan. Make of that what you will, after the profit we made in terms of selling players in the summer. If we can’t even afford to loan a player for the rest of the season based on wages, from the same division of us then in my opinion that would concern me (if this is indeed the case). Martin is a player who could come in and score goals, no doubt about that. Derby are heading in a different direction with Vydra and potentially Olivieira and someone is going to get Martin, if it was to be us then we would have a player who would probably command a starting place after a few games.
Martin has cored more than enough goals in this division for Leeds to re-adjust their budget to go out and get him. He isn’t the quickest but extremely powerful and if he gets the service the goals are certain to follow. Good in the air and with his back to goal as well as getting on the end of balls into the box. He is a willing runner and when we need the ball to stick it will. If Leeds can’t find a striker by the end of the window we are in big trouble, not to mention other positions we are seriously struggling in. A left-back was one of them, but not the most important, and if business doesn’t start happening the fans will begin to question where the ambition is this season.