By Jonty Banks

20th Dec, 2022 | 2:10pm

Leeds United target Matheus Cunha always looked a bad fit as Wolves look ready to snap up forward

Leeds United have made a lucky mistake if they miss out on signing Matheus Cunha, as Wolves jumped ahead of the pack and are now ready to snap up his signature, according to TalkSPORT.

The Whites believed they could “tighten the fence” on signing the Athletico Madrid attacker in January as they look to replenish their paper-thin attacking reserves at Elland Road. [Goal]

But the news should be a relief to Leeds fans, as the signature of the 23-year-old wouldn’t have solved any of their attacking deficiencies, and there were still several question marks surrounding Cunha’s ability to deliver at the highest level.

What Leeds need is an out-and-out striker who scores the majority of his goals in the six-yard box and finishes off attacking moves created by the likes of Crysencio Summerville, Rodrigo and Brenden Aaronson.

More so, they need a forward who is Premier League proven and can hit the ground running at Elland Road. And although a hot prospect, Cunha is unfortunately not this.

The Brazilian simply didn’t fit the template that Leeds required, and his rather iffy form for his club this year could mean that Jesse Marsch has got away with one here.

Cunha is yet to score from 11 appearances in La Liga this season, and although nine of these came from the bench, this is hardly a formbook that should be rewarded with a box office transfer to the Premier League.

Even looking further back at the Brazilian’s long-term form, he only netted six times in the 2021/22 season and seven times the year before.

Considering his lack of minutes this season, Wolves could be flogging a dead horse with Cunha. Adapting to the Premier League is hard at the best of times, but following a few meagre substitute performances, it will take that bit longer.

In time, Julen Lopetegui may well be able to transform this undoubtedly talented attacker into a proven Premier League goalscorer, but I just don’t see it.

In other Leeds United news, a first-team player is now a ‘serious doubt’ v Monaco after recent injury news, another defender is also questionable.