The football season is advancing towards it’s mid-point, and Marcelo Bielsa’s high fliers have reacted splendidly in their quest to attain a Premier League return. However, there’s still a lot to play for, and Leeds United must avoid yet another downfall similar to the previous term. They must be aiming for direct promotion but, at the same time, are sweating over the future of Eddie Nketiah who might be summoned back by Arsenal in January, according to the Daily Mail.
The Arsenal loanee had his moments while spearheading Leeds’ attack. But the injury woes and lack of minutes might see the Gunners recalling their prized asset and arrange another loan spell elsewhere for the remainder of the campaign.
The Whites would have to explore the winter market in such scenario, and according to Phil Hay (in a Q&A session with The Athletic), Everton outcast Cenk Tosun is viewed as an option to challenge and cover Patrick Bamford in the ‘number 9’ role.
A Like-for-like Replacement of Nketiah?
Leeds have recently been linked to several names who could lead the attacking line and add depth to their current set-up. However, the rumour of Matej Vydra has been dismissed by Hay in a previous column whereas a move for Rhian Brewster remains uncertain amid interest from a host of Premier League and Championship outfits.
While the Liverpool teenager would have been more of a like-for-like compared to Tosun, the latter’s experience for club and country makes him a more suitable and fitting alternative considering the Whites’ current status. The Turkish centre-forward was roped in by the Toffees (£27m) during the winter before last, and his astounding scoring record at Besiktas convinced the Merseysiders to splash the cash.
Although Tosun has been excellent for Turkey this year, Everton have failed to utilise him properly ever since his arrival. The 28-year-old is known for his poaching instinct and a great physical presence inside the opponents’ box. He might struggle at times to gel in but would find the back of the net if fed properly.
Competition From Premier League Counterparts
Dean Jones of Bleacher Report has revealed Crystal Palace’s interest in the former Germany youth international. A managerial alteration at Everton might offer him a lifeline, but the likelihood of returning to Besiktas (on loan) hasn’t been ruled out as well. Leeds, therefore, must stay in the hunt and monitor Tosun’s status at Goodison Park before offering him an exit route in winter.
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