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After scoring on his debut for Leeds at the weekend, Enoch Showumni could be the answer to Leeds United’s striker woes and provide us with the powerful forward presence Tresor Kandol should have, but ultimately failed to provide during his time at Elland Road.

The 6 ft 6 inch striker made his professional debut for Luton Town back in 2003, where he spent 3 years, made over 100 appearances but found the net only 14 times. His first season for Luton however earnt him much acclaim from the Town fans. Enoch showed plenty of skill and pace, and although he only notched up 7 goals in his 28 appearances that year, he did provide a spark that Luton fans had gravely missed. The end of the season saw him make his international debut for Nigeria. He came on as a sub and failed to make much of an impact. Enoch did get another chance to shine for his country, again coming on as a late sub against Jamaica, but he once more provided little in terms of World-class skill and not been recalled since.

In 2006 Showumni left Luton for Bristol City where he signed under the Bosman ruling. He made an excellent start to the season scoring on his first three appearances, but was ultimately to find himself on the bench for the majority of games as injuries held him back and Bristol’s other strikers shone. He did however notch up 13 goals and finish the season as Bristols second highest scorer.

Since then Enoch’s struggled to hold down a first team place and was subsequently loaned out to Sheffield Wednesday. Upon his return to Bristol, Enoch vowed to help the clubs promotion challenge and fight for a regular spot in the first team. He was however deemed unrequired by the club and has now signed a two-year deal with Leeds, where if his debut is anything to go by, I’m sure he’ll become an instant hit with the Elland Road faithful.

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Anthony EldingAnthony Elding has told the Yorkshire Evening Post that he hopes to have “planted a seed” in Gary McAllister’s mind ahead of Saturdays must win six-pointer at home to Walsall.

The stiker who joined Leeds from Stockport at the end of January is in good form, coming off the bench to net a consolation goal against Cheltenham last week, before netting twice against Sheffield Wednesday in a reserve fixture on Tuesday.

Elding – a childhood Leeds United fan – thinks McAllister thought he may be a little overwhelmed by his arrival at Elland Road and this has perhaps hindered his chances of making the starting line up so far “I feel he (McAllister) thought I was in awe of the club at the start, which I was – it’s fair to be said. But I’ve settled down a lot more now. I’m sure if I’m given a run over the course of the season, I’ll get some goals.”

With Jermaine Beckford unable to find the back of the net lately, the timing couldn’t be better for Elding. Jermaine still sits on top of the League Ones goal scorers, but has found the back of the net only once -from a penalty – in the last twelve fixtures. McAllister hasn’t been afraid to axe regulars in recent weeks either, with Tresor Kandol and Frazer Richardson finding themselves dropped after poor performances.

Meanwhile, Jonathan Douglas has said he’s delighted to be back in the mix after being sidelined with an injury for the past three month. He played the entire 90 minutes of Leeds’ reserve fixture on Tuesday, and now aims to play a part in the team as Leeds chase promotion to the Championship.

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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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