The football season is nearing its midway, and the clubs are already identifying their transfer targets before the window reopens next month. Although it is difficult to lure in talents in January, the scouting team of Leeds United are actively pursuing options who could improve the squad for the remainder of the season.
According to the Irish Sun, the Whites, along with Norwich City and Nottingham Forest are chasing Renaud Emond – the 28-year-old Standard Liege centre-forward who would cost around £3m.
They have been monitoring the Belgian for a while who, however, drew a blank on Thursday night against Arsenal in their Europa League final group stage encounter. Emond was taken off by manager Michel Preud’homme at half-time and was replaced by Felipe Avenatti despite being their main man to lead the line.
Should Leeds United Rope Him In Ahead Of The Other Suitors?
While the scouts were underwhelmed by his midweek display, Leeds must assess the market minutely before making a move for Emond. He might have fired in a few crucial goals so far this campaign, but his form in Europe is far from convincing. This casts doubts over his ability to compete at the highest level.
His experience and leadership traits might boost the Whites’ promotion hopes, but lack of mobility and pace would see him struggling to attune to Marcelo Bielsa’s free-flowing football. Emond is a conventional striker who holds a commendable physical as well as aerial supremacy. However, the flexibility and robustness of Patrick Bamford and Eddie Nketiah are more effective for the Yorkshire giants in executing the gaffer’s strategy.
Why They Have Better Alternatives To Explore
Leeds will bolster the frontline in winter if Nketiah is called back by Arsenal from his ongoing loan stint at Elland Road. According to Phil Hay (in a Q&A session with The Athletic), Everton outcast Cenk Tosun is viewed as one of the options to challenge and cover Bamford in the ‘number 9’ role.
However, the reports from the Sun now suggests that the Gunners will not cut short the youngster’s spell despite interest from Bristol City as well as a few Premier League outfits. Although he is struggling to grab a starting role ahead of Patrick Bamford, the progress made under Bielsa has been significant, particularly as a ‘super-sub’ during the dying minutes of the game.
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