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Leeds United Make Approach For Argentine Attacker: An Upgrade Over Patrick Bamford?

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Jack O’Brien
A 22 y/o football nerd seeking my way into football writing. I love Irish football and also the Premier League. A huge Arsenal fan! Aside from writing, I like to spend my time fishing and drinking beer.

According to Tuttomercatoweb, Leeds United have tabled an offer for Adolfo Gaich. The CSKA Moscow forward is destined to leave the club on loan once again, putting the Premier League outfit on red alert. Leeds have even submitted an offer for the services of Gaich, although the player does prefer to return to Italy this summer.

Adolfo Gaich’s Struggles In Europe

Adolfo Gaich moved to Europe last summer, joining CSKA Moscow for a fee of €8.5 million. However, after failing to score a single goal in his first 13 games in the Russian Premier League, he was shipped out to Benevento on a short-term loan deal in January.

The Argentine didn’t exactly impress in Italy either, scoring just two goals in 15 appearances. Benevento do have an option to make the move permanent next summer for a fee of €11 million, but they are unlikely to activate the clause.

Despite Gaich’s struggles, clubs still favour the forward due to his robust style of play. Standing at 1.90m, the 22-year-old’s tall frame makes him a genuine target, boasting good physical and aerial prowess.

The former San Lorenzo prodigy is quite sharp on the turf as well, allowing him to make useful runs in behind the opposition backline. As such, he is regarded as one of the most exciting attacking talents Argentina has to offer right now.

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A Good Deal For Leeds United?

Leeds United’s interest in Adolfo Gaich serves as an indicator of Marcelo Bielsa’s willingness to find an alternative for Patrick Bamford. The Whites were extremely lucky last season, with their main forward managing to avoid any injuries.

However, the potential absence of the former Chelsea starlet could make things theoretically difficult for Bielsa due to the lack of goalscoring options upfront. This is where Gaich comes into the fray.

His imposing frame and physical features make him a tailor-made fit for the Premier League’s brand of football. He is quite useful in the first line of press as well, though it is only fair to consider his performances in Europe.

The 22-year-old has never really got going during his time in Russia and Italy. It could be fairly problematic for the player when it comes to settling into the higher-paced nature of the Premier League. Therefore, it would perhaps be wiser for Leeds United to set their sights on other alternatives.

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