MOT View: 70 goals in 103 games - This reported Leeds target could be an inspired signing
If you’d told Leeds United fans five four years ago that they would be looking at Cristhian Stuani as a potential summer addition ahead of their return to the Premier League, they very probably would have laughed at you.
After all, the Uruguay international hardly covered himself in glory during his previous spell in England with Middlesbrough.
Now, however, aged 33, he has discovered a new lease of life over in Spain, hitting 70 goals in 103 outings since signing for Girona in 2017.
And 90min now report that Leeds are looking to bring him back to the Premier League as they aim to bolster their ranks ahead of their assault on the top flight.
But would it actually be a worthwhile pursuit this summer?
For one thing, it is understood that Stuani’s age could mean that he is available for a cut price fee in the coming weeks.
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Moreover, his stats would suggest that he certainly has something to offer.
In 2019/20, he registered a shot accuracy rate that was 12.6% higher than Patrick Bamford’s, as well as scoring 0.74 goals per game to the Englishman’s 0.36, as per Wyscout.
He also managed a higher xG and made more successful crosses.
His most recent goal for Girona is a perfect example of just how lethal he can be too.
As soon as the ball is intercepted in the centre of the park, Stuani is already on his bike looking to exploit the space at the heart of defence.
His natural awareness and reading of the game means that he is already stood in acres when the ball is won back, and that gives him the advantage he needs to really capitalise.
The ball in behind is delightful, but Stuani still has a lot to do.
With a defender closing in and with the keeper rushing out, he shows fantastic composure to control the bouncing ball and touch it past his opponents.
Again, even at this stage, he has a lot of work left to do.
The angle is tight and there is a defender covering in behind, but Stuani’s effort is so accurate and so well-struck that he doesn’t have a chance of blocking it.
In short, it’s a brilliant goal – one that shows the South American’s quality and cunning in equal measure.
If he could bring that kind of output to Elland Road, he would be a surefire hit.
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