With the World Cup break now in full effect, many Premier League clubs will have set off on their various training camps as they await Boxing Day to come back around.
For some, this six-week hiatus comes at the perfect time, however, for Leeds United, it almost kills the momentum they had built in recent weeks.
Despite their recent loss to Tottenham Hotspur, it marked yet another spirited performance as they fell to defeat after their two straight victories beforehand in the league.
These games all marked the continued absence of Patrick Bamford, who was a substitute in their win over Liverpool and subsequently missed Bournemouth and Spurs due to a training injury.
The sad fact of the matter is that the 29-year-old simply cannot be relied upon anymore, with Jesse Marsch’s interest in Chimy Avila standing as proof that he feels the same way.
With reports in Spain detailing their pursuit of the Argentine striker Chimy Avila, it seems the American is ready to move on from his English marksman.
A fee of £20m is already being prepared, which sits below his €30m (£26m) release clause.
At 28 years old, the Osasuna forward would offer some much-needed goalscoring experience, and could even offer some of his know-how to the youngsters who all seem to be knocking on the door for a spot in the first team.
Wilfried Gnonto was signed in the summer from FC Zurich with high hopes he can be the future of the Whites, and he is one that might benefit particularly from this deal.
Having already made three appearances in the Premier League, the 19-year-old even notched an assist in their win over the Cherries. Perhaps Avila could now feature alongside him to help him heighten his goalscoring.
This season has seen the Rosario-born speedster score six times in 13 La Liga appearances, already matching his tally from last season.
Perhaps now, as he strides into his prime years, might be the perfect time to invest in bringing him to Elland Road.
With experience playing on the right wing too, it really could facilitate a fine partnership between him and the young Italian who has excelled on his start in west Yorkshire.
The hunger that Avila could bring might reignite their survival bid after the World Cup break, as he self-proclaimed that he plays every game “as if it were the last”.
This mentality could be integral not only to their season but shaping the future of players like Gnonto – it is the perfect mindset for the budding superstar.