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BBC pundit’s response when asked about 25-year-old to Leeds speculation

Noel Whelan has suggested to Football Insider that Barnsley forward Cauley Woodrow would not be an ideal signing for Leeds United in the January transfer window.

While the former Leeds striker, who now works as a pundit for BBC Radio Leeds, believes that the 25-year-old is talented, given the forward’s current injury, he does not think that he will be able to hit the ground running at Elland Road should he make the move to Marcelo Bielsa’s side in the middle of the season.

According to The Mirror (print edition, page 56, January 9, 2020), Leeds are interested in securing the services of Woodrow this month.

The report has also credited Nottingham Forest and Bristol City with interest in the 25-year-old, and has added that Barnsley want as much as £7 million as transfer fee to sell him.

Whelan told Football Insider: “Look, Cauley Woodrow, yes. I’ve not seen a great deal of him, he’s a very talented young man but he’s been injured.

“So Marcelo Bielsa keeps talking about wanting people to hit the ground running and be up to speed, so he wouldn’t be up to speed, simple as.”


According to WhoScored, Woodrow has scored nine goals and provided one assist in 22 Championship appearances for Barnsley so far this season.

The forward has a hamstring injury at the moment, as reported by ExaminerLive.

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