Darren Bent has urged Leeds United to move for Montpellier’s Andy Delort to breathe new life into their attack and take some weight off the shoulders of Patrick Bamford.
Leeds have struggled in front of goal in recent weeks, failing to net in their last three outings.
Their last goals came in the 5-0 success at West Brom on 29th December. They looked in fine form that day, but things have gone south since.
Bamford’s drought, meanwhile, dates back to 27th December when he hit the winner in the Whites’ win over Burnley.
He is their top scorer this season with 10 goals, and Marcelo Bielsa’s side have relied on him heavily. No other player has struck more than three times for Leeds this term.
So with the goals appearing to be drying up, the West Yorkshire side have been tipped to do business in the January transfer window.
One name they have been linked with is Delort, who is also reportedly attracting interest from Wolves.
Delort has impressed in Ligue in 2020/21, scoring nine goals and providing six assists in 18 appearances. The 29-year-old is also one of the fastest players in France, making him a huge threat to defenders.
And Bent feels that particular asset would fit well in the Leeds side, adding a new dimension to their attacking style.
Speaking to FootballInsider, Bent said: “Pace is essential in today’s game. We know Patrick Bamford’s been brilliant so far but he’s got a bit of a lean spell as we thought he would do at some stage.
“All strikers do it. They go through hot and cold periods so to get someone with that kind of explosive speed. I mean, if you’ve got someone with speed, it unlocks so many doors.
“I mean defences have to play a little bit deeper and it’s just difficult for defenders so if they can go and find someone with that kind of speed. It just opens up different dimensions for the way a team plays.
“You don’t have to play in front of teams, you can just chip it in behind so yeah, I’m all for that.”
Not only would Delfort provide a different type of style, he would be a much-needed alternative too.
As things stand, Tyler Roberts is Leeds’ only other recognised senior forward. He has failed to score this campaign, putting plenty of pressure on Bamford to produce the goods.
New pitch at Elland Road
In other news, Leeds have confirmed they are installing a new pitch in time for their next home game.
The Elland Road playing surface was heavily criticised following the Whites’ meeting with Brighton last Saturday. It came after heavy rain wreaked havoc with the condition of the pitch.
But the club have moved quickly to address the problem, purchasing new turf for £300,000. Work to lay the new grass will be completed before Leeds host Everton on 3rd February.
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