According to the reports from Birmingham Mail, Leeds United have lost out on the race to sign Ivory Coast international striker Yohan Boli. Boli has reportedly joined Qatari outfit Al-Rayyan. Along with the Whites, West Bromwich Albion and Brentford were also after his signature.
It was reported earlier that Boli might snub a move to Qatar as he heard that some English clubs were interested in him. However, his move to Qatar has now gone through. Boli used to ply his trade for Belgian outfit Sint-Truidense, and he had managed 11 goals for them in all competitions this season in Belgian top flight. Now it can be confirmed that the African ace has signed a three and a half year deal with the middle east outfit.
Why Leeds United need a striker?
Leeds United are in desperate need to add a striker in this window after they lost the services of Eddie Nketiah who was recalled by Arsenal from loan. The English youngster failed to get regular game time at Elland Road as Patrick Bamford was firmly the first-choice forward under Marcelo Bielsa.
What might have Boli offered if he moved to Leeds United?
The 26-year-old is known for his speed and acceleration, and he could have brought the much-needed pace in United’s forward line. The striker also showcases decent physical qualities, and he can hold up play well.
However, Boli is not known for his link-up play, and that would have been a bit of an issue for the Whites if they had gotten him. Nevertheless, he had the potential to be a handy backup striker as he would have brought in something different and explosive.
Leeds United are also linked with Che Adams, who would undoubtedly be the perfect signing for the Whites. If the Whites can get him, then he would also challenge Bamford for first-team places. Boli might have needed some more time to settle in at the club as he hasn’t played in the English Championship before. On the other hand, Adams has a decent experience and is a proven performer at this level.
If the Whites can get Adams then missing out on Boli wouldn’t be too big a blow. Signing someone with no Championship experience at this stage of the season could be a bit of a risk for the Whites, and hence, they should look for an experienced backup option. It remains to be seen now which option they would manage to get in this window with one alternative now being out of the picture.
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