Leeds United: Wood will be licking his lips at prospect of Carayol service - Whelan

Mustapha Carayol turns to celebrate his first goal for Leeds United. PIC: Bruce Rollinson

Mustapha Carayol turns to celebrate his first goal for Leeds United. PIC: Bruce Rollinson

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I THOUGHT Saturday’s game against Rotherham was a typical cup tie.

For the first 20 minutes of the game both teams were trying to get the edge on the game and get a foothold on it.

But I think Leeds United did very well, it was a workmanlike performance, an honest display and a grafting effort in difficult weather conditions and on a heavy pitch.

But Leeds went about their business in a very professional manner and there were some very good displays out there.

I think you have got to look at Mustapha Carayol whose performance was very positive for his debut at Elland Road.

He was positive and for the first time we have seen a player that’s getting past people with a little bit of skill and getting into the final third but not wasting the cross and instead putting the ball into the right areas.

I’m sure Chris Wood must have been looking at that rubbing his hands together thinking ‘I’d like some of those’.

His goal was just exceptional.

You are talking about people from wide areas and in midfield chipping in with goals and he wasn’t afraid to shoot. And what a shot. The net is still bouncing now. I think he could be very good. He had a spell at Huddersfield which didn’t really work out.

Town have a lot of wingers on their books, in contrast to Leeds, where we have got a lot of central midfield players.

Steve Evans was in the market looking for a winger, it came out of the blue but I looked on You Tube and watched his videos and he’s a boy that is capable of getting in the box and scoring many goals from inside and outside the box.

He’s a positive player. Yes, he’s not fully fit so hopefully when he is we could have a real player on our hands. As for Lewie Coyle, he is very much like for like with Charlie Taylor. They breed them well here.

He stays on his feet, his positioning sense is fantastic and we saw him getting more confident as the game went on, especially in the second half.

We know he can defend but he was finding himself in the final third which is what you want from a wing-back these days. He was getting at defenders and really putting crosses into the box so I think it was a very successful full debut for the young man and once again Leeds United are churning out some great players.

Giuseppe Bellusci did well and I thought everybody did their jobs professionally. There was some great football played out there on a difficult pitch but also I felt Souleymane Doukara and Mirco Antenucci’s work rate was exceptional.

They were running the channels and doing their best in trying to hold the ball up but I think with Doukara the longer the game went on the better he became, especially in the second half. And he got his reward with the goal for his persistence when he didn’t deserve to win that ball.

But even in the 88th minute you have got a player there that’s going to chase down a ball that you could have just left it.

You are 1-0 up and you could have let the keeper get the ball but his attitude was spot on. He made a bad ball into a good ball, took it away from the keeper and got a goal out of nothing.

I still think we need strength in depth and I think we definitely need to get another striker in and I still think we need cover at centre-half.

I think those are two areas that Steve will want to look at and obviously the Kyle Lafferty deal may be dead now.

It might be a little bit difficult to try and get him in as they both want different things – we want a loan, Norwich want a permanent. But Steve is not just putting his hopes on player and there’s going to be other players in the mix that he would like to bring to Elland Road.

But it’s whether he can get these players in this difficult January window. I would also expect Lewis Cook to stay and I think it would be a massive loss if he went.

I’m a massive fan of him and like Sam Byram he’s still got the best of his football to come.

He’s a young boy and I think we need him at the club.

I think he would love to stay at the club but I don’t think a Bournemouth is a step in the right direction, I really don’t.

I think you are at a bigger club here at Leeds United. The fans love you, he loves the club and I think we should do everything in our power to keep the boy.