Leeds United are one of the many clubs in the Championship, that failed to find any consistency last season. Under Thomas Christiansen and Paul Heckingbottom, the Whites failed to even have a shot at promotion in the last campaign, but have taken a huge step in the right direction, by giving Marcelo Bielsa a chance to work his magic on the English league.
The Argentine mastermind will now be given all the funds he needs to improve his squad this summer and this has seen Leeds United scout for a number of top class talents from around Europe. One such player on their radar is Jerry Mbakogu.
Born and brought up in Lagos, Nigeria, the 25-year old started his senior career with Padova a club playing in Lega Pro in Italy. He joined Serie B side Carpi in 2014 and took his time to establish himself in the first team. But last season, he picked up some momentum and showed great versatility, scoring six goals in 21 league starts.
A centre-forward by trait, Mbakogu can also play on either wing with equal effect and is a gifted player. He needs to work on his finishing, but his ability to create chances from the wing, and drop deep when playing through the middle, make him and his teammates dangerous in the final third.
His technique to hold on to the ball, and his vision to find teammates in space made him one of the most effective players for his side last season and it is now evident that he is ready for the next step.
The Whites have been interested in the striker for quite a while now and reports also claimed that they had a deal to sign Mbakogu for £3m this summer, agreed in principle late last season. But the appointment of Marcelo Bielsa turned their attention elsewhere.
However, latest stories coming from Italy claim that Leeds United have retained an interest in the 25-year old and are ready to make a move for him. It is understood that they could land the Carpi star for just £1.6m this summer and at that price, he is an absolute steal for Bielsa.
Carpi are ready to cash in on Mbakogu, looking to improve other areas of the squad and his addition will only make the squad at Elland Road stronger. So it makes sense for all parties for the Nigerian striker to move to England this summer.
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