Leeds United are set to miss out on the signing of Argentine star Emi Buendia after it was confirmed that Norwich City are also in the race to bring in the Cultural y Deportiva Leonesa forward cum playmaker. Leeds have let go of their frontman Pierre-Michel Lasogga this summer and will need a new striker to lead their line. Here are three options we feel who will suit the Whites.
The striker who graduated from the Arsenal youth academy was in seriously good form in the one prior to the last season when he helped Rafa Benitez’s men qualify for the English Premier League by clinching the Championship title. He has, however, been unable to repeat his heroics in the last season leaving Newcastle United in a tough state. The Magpies endured a mixed start to their campaign in England’s top league and went on to finish tenth. After a quick start, Newcastle United flopped and their loss in form saw them sink to the lower end of the table but their rise back to the top half had a very little contribution from Gayle. Leeds could target him as a potential replacement as most of their forwards at Elland Road played some really poor football this season.
The former Hull City striker is now a free agent and Leeds could look at him as a perfect number nine to lead their line. He has four years of experience of playing in England and although he has been injured more often than not, the Uruguay international is a lethal forward on his day. He has scored a bagful of goals in just over 100 games at Hull and will certainly be a good option for Leeds to consider.
Hernandez is fast, strong and good at hold up play besides being a perfect poacher as well. Most importantly, having already left Hull City, he will be available for a free transfer, a rare opportunity for a player of his class and quality in today’s inflated market.
He was Wolves’ leading man in the recently concluded season and was instrumental in the first half of the season helping them to the top of the table. However, as the season progressed he lost his form and scored very few goals in the second half.
Wolves recently announced the permanent signing of Benik Afobe, who was on loan at their club last season. This might mean that the club might not be looking at Bonatini anymore and Nuno Espirito Santo might not extend his loan spell. That would allow Leeds to make a move for him, loan or permanent and he could prove to be a smart signing if Leeds can make him repeat his form from last year.