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Jermaine BeckfordIt’s a rare occurrence that any football fan will argue a case for dropping the leagues top goal scorer, but in Jermaine Beckford, Leeds United have an extremely out-of-form goal lacking striker, that seems to be keeping his place in the starting line up solely on his exploits earlier this season.

Jermaine Beckford still sits at the top of League One’s goal scoring chart, but has failed to deliver the amount of goals he was earlier in the season for the last couple of months and seems absolutely lost in front of goal lately.

I’m not sure Gary McAllister is confident enough to make such an high profile change to the starting line up yet, but if Beckford’s form continues he really has to start looking at other options.

Dougie Freedman has already made a huge impact at Elland Road, scoring twice away last week to earn a point in a thrilling 3-3 draw – although a stronger defence would have seen Leeds easily claim all three – whilst fellow newcomer Anthony Elding scored a late consolation goal after coming on as a sub against Cheltenham, followed by two goals for the reserves on Tuesday.

We also have youngster Tom Elliot waiting in the wings who has continually impressed throughout the season at reserve level and may well be ready to take the step up.

Tresor Kandol’s dismal form and hapless finishing has already paved the way for Dougie Freedman to try and seal his first team place, but will Jermaine Beckford be the next scalp? If he doesn’t start coming up with goods soon, you would suspect so.

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Georges BaGary McAllister has handed a trial to 29-year-old, Ivory Coast striker Georges Ba.

 McAllister had his first glimpse of the striker after he took part in a reserve fixture against Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday night. Ba failed to score, and was replaced by youngster, Tom Elliot after 81 minutes.

Anthony Elding, who scored his first goal for Leeds United in the 2-1 defeat to Cheltenham last week scored twice as Leeds’ reserves drew 2-2.  

Although Gary McAllister now has numerous options upfront, with the likes of Tresor Kandol, Jermaine Beckford, Anthony Elding and Dougie Freedman all available, he may well look to Ba for further strength following Leon Constantine’s loan move.

Meanwhile, Republic of Ireland international Jonathan Douglas made his long awaited return to action in the reserve clash playing the entire game with no problems reported.

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