McDermott boosts Whites attack with Sunderland youngster TSS February 26, 2014 Transfer News 28 Comments Connor Wickham has today joined Leeds United on loan until the end of the season, adding some much needed firepower to a Whites attack that hasn’t scored in the last two outings. Leeds have relied heavily on Ross McCormack this season whose 23 goals puts him just two behind the total amount of goals contributed by the rest of the team combined. McCormack’s closest competition is Matt Smith with 8 goals, followed by a relatively new arrival in Cameron Stewart who has already netted three. 20-year-old Wickham joined Sunderland in 2011 for a fee believed to be in the region of £8m. Despite some early promise, the youngster quickly fell out of favour following a management change at The Stadium of Light meaning his 4 goals in 40 appearances for the club have come mostly from the bench. Struggling for first team appearances at The Stadium of Light, Wickham has had two separate spells on loan to Sheffield Wednesday, the most recent of which saw him net 8 goals in 10 appearances. It’s that kind of goalscoring form which Brian McDermott will hope the youngster can continue at Elland Road, relieving some pressure from Ross McCormack and helping to propel Leeds United into late play-off contenders.