Leeds United: Point of attack not lost on coach Christiansen

Leeds United players celebrate after Ezgjan Alioski's goal secured the win at Nottingham Forest. PIC: Simon Hulme
Leeds United players celebrate after Ezgjan Alioski's goal secured the win at Nottingham Forest. PIC: Simon Hulme
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THOMAS CHRISTIANSEN said attention would turn to making Leeds United even more potent in attack after the club soared to third with Saturday’s 2-0 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 very short of strikers with Roofe and Grot the club’s only first-team options at present 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 Riversiders 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”, Christianen admitted attention would now turn to United’s options upfront 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 evening.

“Of course, the league is very long and to have let’s say Jay and Roofey,” said Christiansen. “We have Ekuban who got injured so we will see. We have to see what is the exact situation or type of player we want to bring. I will speak with Victor and Andrea and see what we will do.”

United’s second-choice goalkeeper Rob Green, meanwhile, has joined Huddersfield Town with Leeds set to bring in Wolves shotstopper Andy Lonergan as back-up to Felix Wiedwald.

Kalvin Phillips celebrates scoring Leeds' second goal of the game Picture by Simon Hulme

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