Garry Monk has certainly become a cult hero with the impact he has made at Elland Road since his arrival in the summer. After years of mediocrity, the Whites fans are finally having a season to cheer for. By this time every season, their campaign often became meaningless as they usually found themselves around the mid-table from where neither promotion nor relegation is possible but this season has been different.
The Yorkshire-based side find themselves fifth in the table now and the kind of form they are in, achieving a spot in the playoffs is the least they can hope for.
Garry Monk knows the fact there is still plenty of football to be played and any dip in form could cost his team badly. A host of clubs are vying for a playoff spot and they will capitalise if Leeds experience any kind of dip in form. So, we can expect some action from Monk’s side in the January transfer window. One thing that will concern Monk will be their over-reliance on striker Chris Wood and that needs to change and reports are suggesting the same.
Leeds United have failed with an approach for Marco Borriello as per Italian newspaper La Nuevo Sardegna. Leeds United’s Italian owner Massimo Cellino is said to have directly approached his former club about a move for Borriello, only to be met with a swift turndown.
So what next? Should Leeds go back in the hunt for the Italian international once again or look for alternatives? I would say a player of Boriello’s calibre and moreover, his experience could be an immense addition to the Whites and they must make an improved offer for him.
Borriello is a former Champions League winner with AC Milan back in 2007 which the Rossoneri won by beating Liverpool. His illustrious career has seen him ply his trade for major clubs like Milan, Roma, Genoa, Juventus, and many more. The Italian also had a failed loan spell in England with West Ham United. Even though he is 34 now, he still has an eye for goal.
He has done an excellent job this season for Cagliari having scored seven goals from 17 Serie A appearances this season. Leeds must sign a striker who can compete with Wood for a place in the starting XI. Marcus Antonsson has done nothing to challenge the Kiwi up front. Boriello’s arrival could be a much needed boost for the Whites.