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?
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.