Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Leeds United Linked With Another Italian Striker: Is He Worth The Fuss?

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Amit Mishra
Former Editor at The 4th Official. Liverpool and Schalke make my life miserable.

Leeds United suffered a setback of late when they were beaten by Barnsley away from home. The defeat ended a good run of form and perhaps showed that Garry Monk needs to make the best use of the final week in the January transfer window to ensure that the Whites stay in the top six spots or possibly challenge the top two who seem to be in a league of their own.

Newcastle and Brighton have good squads but Monk has done a really good job to get the best out of his players, something none of the previous managers could do on a consistent basis (were they allowed to by Cellino?!). Considering how poor Markus Antonsson has been since his move, Leeds perhaps need one more striker to ease the burden off Chris Wood’s shoulders.

The Kiwi has been in pretty good form this season and has managed 16 goals in 26 Championship appearances which have earned him a lot of accolades from fans and pundits alike. However, with quite a lot of fixtures to play, his longevity in the final few months of the season isn’t a guarantee, so Monk needs to act quickly.

In a bid to add more firepower to the attack, Leeds have been linked with a possible move for Italian Serie B striker Massimo Coda. The Salernitana striker has been in decent form and has managed nine goals in 20 Serie B Games.

Having joined the club on a free transfer from Parma, Coda has had a consistent spell in the second division and considering he is at his physical peak, the club want at least 2.5 million pounds for his sale. Keeping in mind his output, that might not be the steepest price by any stretch of the imagination. The January transfer window usually results in bloated transfer fees, but the asking fee can be lived with.

Coda is pretty tall and has a hammer of a right foot. In fact, he’s scored some pretty good long-range goals in his career. Despite his height, he isn’t the best when it comes to aerial duels and he might struggle with the rugged nature of the Championship. His finishing this season has been pretty good and considering his experience in Italy, which by the way includes a season in the top flight with Parma, he could be a valuable addition who can challenge Wood for a first team place.

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