Leeds United boss Neil Warnock will be hoping to sign some new faces when the January transfer window opens. Fans will be expecting new faces after the recent takeover from GFH Capital. It remains unknown, just how much Neil Warnock will have to spend come January.
I’ve took great consideration in choosing five players that Leeds United should sign in January (no not Messi and Ronaldo). More of a level headed approach, that takes in to account that we will not be spending millions upon millions of the pound sterling.
1. Alejandro Faurlin – Leeds United currently lack a creative central midfielder, who can ‘pull the strings’. The last time we had a ‘passer’ of the ball, he was a little Australian fella that some people couldn’t warm to – but for me, he made us tick. Faurlin has played under Warnock previously and thus will already know what the 63-year-old expects from his team. Well down the pecking order at QPR – with just four appearances this season, a cut price deal could be less of a miracle, more of a statement of intent.
2. Jerome Thomas – A lack of pace within the team has been an issue so far this season. Whilst Aidan White is lightning quick, his less than impressive tenure in the first-team, has left me wanting something more in terms of going forward and creating width. Jerome Thomas has just joined on loan, and no I am not jumping the gun and saying sign him up because his first game went well, I’m simply suggesting he is an ideal candidate to make us more of a threat out wide, without having to work out whether Aidan White even knows how to play on the wing.
Again, this deal could be done at a decent price – and with Jerome Thomas already stating how good he thinks the fans are, he could be more than persuaded to stay.
3. Jonathan Parr – Many fans will perhaps ponder my reasoning for this one. It’s quite simple, he’s a young and hungry left back who was voted Crystal Palace Player of the Year for the 2011/2012 season. At the age of 24, Parr is known for his work ethic, blistering runs and overall fitness. Fans will also point out, that Palace are second in the league.
However, I’m not sure their love affair with the top of the pile will last the full course – and so, with funds from the new owners, we could well swoop for one of the best left back’s in the league. Of course it is noted, we have struggled this season to fill the left back slot with a permanent face; so I hope the gaffer wants to strengthen in this position.
4. Fraizer Campbell – During the torrid time that the fans spent wondering whether this takeover would ever draw a conclusion, I vividly remember reading in the Daily Mail, with the claim that a top target of Neil Warnock’s was in fact Frazier Campbell. It left me to curiously wonder – whether or not – Frazier Campbell would join a club like Leeds United. Until recently, I thought not a chance.
Then, over the last few days, a new sense of fulfilment has surrounded my every thought about Leeds United. A player like Campbell, who has found opportunities at a premium of late for Sunderland, would jump at the chance of gaining first-team football at a club that can now muster two pennies together to acquire some real quality players. Frazier Campbell would provide real competition in a front line that already boasts Luciano Becchio, Ross McCormack and El Hadji Diouf.
5. Alan Tate – Whilst I would love to sit here and draw up a list of players I would love at Leeds United, I must remain realistic in my approach to transfer targets. Under the same circumstances as Jerome Thomas, Alan Tate played well against Crystal Palace, but has no bearing on why he appears in my ‘wish list’. I firmly obtain the opinion that Neil Warnock will sign Alan Tate, especially as the 30-year-old centre half has vast experience at this level and is technically a Premier League player.
With playing time at Swansea City a distant memory for the Swansea veteran, he could well be the perfect remedy to tighten up the ship – that is currently battling stormy seas.