Leeds United could be looking to Spain in their hunt for a new striker to compete with Patrick Bamford this summer.
According to AS, the Marcelo Bielsa has set his sights on Espanyol hitman Raul de Tomas, and is said to be eager to bring him to England.
The 25-year-old only joined the recently-relegated La Liga side in January, setting them back just over £20 million in the process, but it looks as if he could be on the move again already.
AS claim that a number of clubs are in pursuit of him, with Leeds the only one mentioned directly in their report, and a price tag of around £20.7 million has already been slapped on the player.
But is he worth the hassle?
On paper at least, he looks as if he has a bit about him in front of goal.
His shot accuracy rate this season has been higher than Bamford’s, and he also has a higher goals per game ratio despite having an xG that is 0.21 worse per game, as per Wyscout.
In short, he is a much more efficient finisher.
A run of four goals in his first four games for Espanyol proved that, and the main thing that shines through is his poacher’s instinct.
Take the goal above as an example.
De Tomas is the player circled as the attack really begins to start up.
His movement is solid, and to be fair to him, he should be slipped in at this point here.
He’s left one central defender, while the other is blindsided to him, and if the ball is played faster and with precision he can surely continue his run and tuck it away.
Instead, the ball is played out wide.
Full credit to de Tomas though, he continues his run and finds himself in a lot of space.
This may seem like a fairly simple point too, but he stays within the width of the goal posts.
As soon as a striker makes the choice to hunt in that narrowed area, he gives himself a great chance of snaffling up some sort of scrap or other.
And again it proves to be the case here.
The ball in is good, but the reaction, plus the presence of mind to open his body out and side-foot it into the far corner – using the pace of the ball to direct it away from the keeper – is fabulous.
This lad is sharp, and if Bielsa really wants him, we’d have no qualms about making a move.
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