Facing up to McCormack and Smith highlights Redfearn’s area of concern

THE campaign may have nine games still to run for Leeds United, but that has not stopped Neil Redfearn turning his thoughts to next season – with a predatory striker high on his wish-list.

Fulham's former Leeds United striker Ross McCormack (Picture: Tony Johnson).
Fulham's former Leeds United striker Ross McCormack (Picture: Tony Johnson).

Redfearn remains happy with the work ethic of his forwards, but the fact remains that his central striking quartet of Mirco Antenucci, Billy Sharp, Souleymane Doukara and Steve Morison have contributed just 18 league goals between them so far in 2014-15.

These statistics compare unfavourably to those recorded last season by the two strikers who are likely to line up against Leeds tonight, with ex-Whites Ross McCormack and Matt Smith scoring a combined haul of 40 Championship goals in 2013-14.

Redfearn, again without Sam Byram and Rudy Austin, said: “It is something that everybody is looking for. Goals and goalscorers are priceless commodities.

“They are sought after and they are the sort of players who cost you money. It is probably right to say that I’d be looking for the club to do something in that area.”

McCormack and Smith have failed to carry on from where they left off, but Redfearn is the first to acknowledge that the pair, back in harness after Smith’s return from a loan spell at Bristol City, pose a substantial threat.

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