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Leeds United Interested In Signing This 24 Year Old Swiss Forward: Should Bielsa Go For Him?

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Ayush Chaurasia
Sports Management Graduate. Wannabe sports manager/writer and researcher. If not found disscussing about sports, will be seen talking about movies or tv shows. Miserable rest of the times.

According to the latest reports from Yorkshire Evening Post, Leeds United are being linked with a move for Fenerbahce’s striker Michael Frey. The Swiss forward just completed his first season in the Turkish top flight and has caught the eye of Leeds United.

Leeds United’s first job in the transfer market would be to secure Marcelo Bielsa’s future for the next season. The club is in negotiations with the Argentine manager and keeping him again for another season would be a massive boost for the Yorkshire outfit.

The Whites have three forwards in the form of Kemar Roofe, Patrick Bamford and Tyler Roberts. Roofe played a crucial part for the Whites, but he struggled with injuries in the second half of the season. Last summer’s signing Patrick Bamford had an underwhelming spell as he was guilty of missing quite a few big chances in the last few months of the season. Tyler Roberts is an emerging talent who was used in various positions, and the Englishman did a decent job for most parts.

Why can Frey be a decent option for the club?

However, the club might still want to bolster their attack for the upcoming season. Frey can play as a traditional targetman up front, and that is a kind of striker Leeds United don’t have in their repertoire. We had often felt that the Whites didn’t have a plan B when they looked to attack. A signing like Frey might bring a different dimension to the team and something else for the opposition to think about.

Frey has played for Switzerland at various youth levels, and he came up from Young Boys’ academy. The striker made 25 appearances for Turkish heavyweights and contributed with five goals and one assist. The forward also has the experience of playing in top competitions like the Ligue 1 and the Europa League.

Drawbacks to his signing?

Frey is currently out with a groin injury, and he had missed a good chunk of the season due to various injuries. Leeds United have a tough training regime, and Frey might break down given the injury issues he has had. Therefore the Whites should think about that before putting in a bid for him. It would also be interesting to see how he settles in England. He might have had the experience of playing some top flight football, but the pace and physicality of Championship might take him by surprise.

Nevertheless, we feel that for the right price, he can be a decent signing as he is still just 24. Frey’s addition would add a different option to the side, and Bielsa should look to bring in more variety to his roster. 

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