The final instalment as I plough through the current squad looking at what we need to do going into next season. The defence and midfield have been covered and some have agreed, others disagreed with what I think but it’s better debating football than it is politics that much I know. Today I look at the strikers, or lack of and what needs to be done, this won’t be pretty.
Caleb Ekuban – The Ghanaian striker has impressed and then frustrated as his Leeds career has gone on. Probably the hardest working player in the squad but he will never get the goals, and that is the issue. We need a variety of strikers and the fact he is one of only a few at the club probably means he’ll stay, never a bad option if we want to mix things up but so much work needs to be done on the training ground. Verdict – Potentially loan or sell.
Pierre-Michel Lasogga – Such a bizarre situation. Lasogga, a player on the brink of a Germany call-up a few years ago and on wages in excess of £50k per-week at Hamburg and a player who looks overweight and a shadow of the player we signed at the end of the summer. He simply isn’t worth gambling on, I’ll be interested to see what next for the player. His own worst enemy, has so much ability. Verdict – Back To Hamburg.
Tyler Roberts – Only Leeds United could spend £2.5 million on a Premier League striker for that striker to arrive injured then crack his shin in training before even playing one game for the club. Certainly a player with potential and ability, needs a chance and hopefully a big part to play going forwards. Many clubs were chasing the youngster, let’s hope he can do the business after a full pre-season. Verdict – Keep.
Kemar Roofe – A player who really divides opinion and that includes how good he is, how good he can be and where we should actually play him. For me he’s a striker, he isn’t good enough on the wings and that shows in his performances. Will finish our top scorer this season and that’s without even playing as a striker for much of the year. Not a starter probably, but certainly an option who can change games. Verdict – Keep.