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“All the way” – Leeds United-linked attacker backed to rise up the ladder, January move possible – View

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AFC Wimbledon striker Ali Al-Hamadi was linked with a Championship move recently, including Leeds United, and scored twice at the weekend in League Two for his side.

The Whites might already have one eye on the January window as they look for a boost in the market to keep up their progress towards hopeful promotion.

Georginio Rutter’s role in the side is undisputed, but Leeds might need a touch more strength in depth at the top end of the pitch to ensure consistency in 2024.

Leeds to sign Al-Hamadi?

South London Press reported previously in the season that Leeds were one of the sides taking a keen interest in signing AFC Wimbledon striker Ali Al-Hamadi.

An Iraq international, Al-Hamadi has impressed in League Two this season under manager Johnnie Jackson, scoring eight and assisting five this season at the age of 21.

At the weekend, Al-Hamadi bagged a brace against promotion-chasing Notts County, his second double in as many games.

Alongside two penalties from Jake Reeves, Al-Hamadi latched onto two defensive errors to race clear and beat the County goalkeeper with great composure in either half.

Where will Leeds finish in 23/24?

League-winners

League-winners

Automatic promotion

Automatic promotion

3rd-6th

3rd-6th

Outside the playoffs

Outside the playoffs

What’s been said about him?

Such a performance sparked these comments from his manager post-match (via London News Online):

“He can go all the way. He’s a top player and at this level, he’s a shining light. He’s adding goals now. We knew that they would come because of the way that he plays, the way he goes about it.

“Top performance, top lad, and I love working with him. But it was a top performance amongst a top team performance. It’s not fair that we single out individuals today because that was a real group effort.”

Alongside the interest from Leeds, there seems to be an inevitability that Al-Hamadi leaves Wimbledon for a club higher up the ladder, and his performances are justifying that.

It’s a big jump to ask him to go from League Two to a promotion race, but Jackson’s comments speak volumes for a young player who is starting to prove through his output that he’s one of the best in his division, and worth a look in the new year.

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