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Leeds United Eye In-Form Canadian From The MLS: A Shrewd Find By Christiansen?

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Anirban Sarkar
Anirban Sarkar is a former columnist of The 4th Official. A huge East Bengal fan and has travelled over 1000 miles to see his team in action.

Leeds United dug deep in the summer as gaffer Thomas Christiansen brought in a number of players to change the entire game plan at the Elland Road. He is successful to some extent as Leeds have enjoyed a string of good games in the Championship.

But in the last few games, they were not at their very best as they have lost three out of their last four games which has created a sense of distress among the Leeds United supporters. The memory of the last season is still fresh as they failed to follow up their initial superb performance and lost the race to Fulham who finished in the last playoff spot.

The Whites won’t want to repeat the mistakes of the last season and would be looking for some redemption when the transfer market reopens in January. According to reports, the Yorkshire giants are looking for a new striker and have identified Cyle Larin of Orlando City as the right fit.

They lost Chris Wood in the summer who took a level up as he was snapped up by Burnley. The Whites did make a number of signing to make up the absence of the New Zealand hitman but couldn’t replace his goals and now have taken a new step.

Orlando City have slapped a price of £2m on the player and the Championship club shouldn’t have any problem with his value. The 22-year-old has been in devastating form in the Major League Soccer and could be a reliable option.

The main problem lies in the deep where he would be able to acclimatise to the English conditions, especially in the second tier. There is a lot of difference between the two Leagues and games in the Championship are very physically exhausting.

The player would love to take a step up as playing in England is always a dream for a young player. The 22-year-old also has 22 caps for Canada and has already established himself as one of the leading forwards in his country.

Leeds director of football Victor Orta gave a hint of some possible transfer movement might happen in January. “We have a special group of scouts that watch the countries with lower leagues perhaps like Pawel Cibicki of Malmo in the Sweden league.”

The Championship outfit is one of the most reputed and esteemed clubs in England but their continuous failures over the last few years have let them down. This could be their best chance to get them back to the Premier League but can Larin be helpful there?

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