Leeds United squandered a glorious opportunity to return to the top flight despite enjoying a boisterous start to their 2018-19 campaign. But a lack of depth, as well as form and fitness, derailed their season during the final months of the campaign. The club have convinced Marcelo Bielsa to stay for one more campaign but, at the same time, must bolster the squad to meet the demands and challenges of the Championship football.
The Whites have been linked to an array of new names so far this summer and are boosted by Rafa Mujica’s farewell letter confirming his exit from Barcelona.
— Rafa Mujica (@rafamujica9) June 27, 2019
The 20-year-old attacker was previously linked to a move to Leeds according to Spanish outlet Zona Amarilla. Amid these widespread rumours, we have monitored his game closely and analysed why he could be a success in West Yorkshire. With even Phil Hay, formerly the Leeds football head at Yorkshire Post, confirming that the striker will be moving to Leeds United shortly, we can probably say that this is a done deal.
Spell At Barcelona And Why Leeds Are Keen To Rope Him In
Mujica spent four years at the esteemed La Masia academy since joining from his hometown outfit Las Palmas but failed to break into Barca’s senior side in spite of regularly featuring for the reserves in the lower leagues.
The youngster, meanwhile, has opted to run down his Blaugrana contract and is seeking a new experience elsewhere. Despite being sidelined for the final two fixtures through a muscle strain, the young Spaniard featured 33 times last season in the Segunda División B notching seven goals in the process. He was mostly deployed as a centre-forward. However, the ability to feature down the wings depicts his versatility in the attacking third.
Why The Player Should Opt For A Leeds Move
Although a popular figure among the fans, the former Spain youth international needs a fresh start to step up his development following a phase of highs and lows. Elland Road should be his preferred destination to flourish furthermore under the able guidance of the iconic Argentine who is regarded as one of the pioneers of the modern-day football. Bielsa prefers to nurture the youth over renowned names and Mujica, with all his talent and skillset, should stake a claim for first-team minutes if settles in England at the earliest.
The Competition He Would Encounter At Elland Road
Leeds, nevertheless, must have him during their pre-season term when the gaffer would rotate his options, including a few academy graduates. Ryan Edmondson, in particular, should grab a senior team berth after enjoying a scintillating season while spearheading the U23s attack. Mujica, even though holding a high reputation, might have to surpass the excellence of their teenage sensation before getting a nod for a regular role.
While Kemar Roofe and Patrick Bamford are tipped to continue as the first-choice striking options, both Mujica and Edmondson should keep knocking on the door to attain game time at Elland Road.
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