Chris­tiansen aims to boost strike power

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - FOOTBALL - LEE SOBOT Un­used

HEAD COACH Thomas Chris­tiansen said at­ten­tion would turn to mak­ing Leeds United even more po­tent in at­tack af­ter the club soared to third with Satur­day’s win at Cham­pi­onship hosts Not­ting­ham For­est.

Goals from Ke­mar Roofe and Gianni Alioski fired United to an im­pres­sive vic­tory at the City Ground as Leeds again ex­celled de­spite the sale of last sea­son’s top scorer Chris Wood to Burn­ley for £15m.

The Whites signed 19-year-old Dutch striker Jay-Roy Grot for an ini­tial £750,000 last week, but the teenager started on the bench as Roofe ful­filled the lone striker role. The for­mer Ox­ford United player took just 24 min­utes to open the scor­ing with a cool header and vic­tory was sealed when winger Alioski un­leashed a 20-yard thun­der­bolt with three min­utes to go.

Leeds, though, re­main short of strik­ers with Roofe and Grot the club’s two first-team op­tions with summer re­cruit Caleb Ekuban fac­ing a spell on the side­lines with a foot in­jury.

United are known to be keen on Mid­dles­brough striker Rudy Gest­ede and saw a £6m bid re­jected by the River­side club last week.

The Whites have also been linked with a move for Malmo’s striker/winger Pawel Cibicki.

Af­ter wit­ness­ing what he felt was United’s “best game so far”, Chris­tiansen ad­mit­ted at­ten­tion would turn to United’s op­tions up front with the Dane set for talks with chair­man An­drea Radriz­zani and di­rec­tor of foot­ball Vic­tor Orta.

The summer trans­fer win­dow closes at 11pm on Thurs­day.

“Of course, the league is very long for us to have, let’s say, just Jay and Roofey,” said Chris­tiansen. “

We have Ekuban out in­jured so we will see. We have to see what is the ex­act sit­u­a­tion or type of play- LEAP­ING FOR JOY: er we want to bring. I will speak with Vic­tor and An­drea and see what we will do.”

Sec­ond-choice goal­keeper Rob Green yes­ter­day com­pleted his ex­pected move to Hud­der­s­field Town with the Whites bring­ing in for­mer El­land Road No 1 Andy Lon­er­gan from Cham­pi­onship ri­vals Wolver­hamp­ton Wan­der­ers as back-up to Felix Wied­wald.

PIC­TURE: SI­MON HULME

Leeds United play­ers mob Gianni Alioski af­ter his stunning strike against Not­ting­ham For­est.

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