MOT View: Forward involved in 15 goals for EFL club since Leeds 2019 exit - sold too soon?
Oliver Sarkic failed to make a single appearance during his two years as a Leeds United player but he has been in good form since joining Burton Albion last summer.
Sarkic, 22, joined Leeds from Benfica in 2017 on an initial loan deal that was made permanent in January 2018.
He spent his entire time at Leeds either playing for their Under-23s or out on loan after joining Spanish Segunda División B club Barakaldo for a season-long deal in 2018/19.
During that spell in Spain, the Grimsby-born forward, who has represented Montenegro at youth level, played just 12 times and that effectively ended his spell as a Leeds player.
If Sarkic cannot even get minutes in the third-tier of Spanish football, what chance does he stands in the Championship with a club like Leeds?
That must have been the thinking at the Yorkshire club as Sarkic was allowed to go on trial with Burton Albion, who managed to wrap up a permanent deal for the forward not too long after.
Since joining the Brewers, Sarkic has been in great form.
The Montenegrin forward, who can play up front or on the wing, has scored five goals and supplied 10 assists in 37 appearances across all competitions this season.
Stats by WyScout show that 40.7 per cent of his shots in the manage to hit the target – in comparison, Patrick Bamford’s percentage is 37.4.
Sarkic also averages 3.09 touches inside the box per 90 minutes of football this season while 29 per cent of his crosses are accurate and 42.3 per cent of his dribbles are completed.
It means that Sarkic has a better cross accuracy than Helder Costa [26.4%] and Jack Harrison [28.7%], although he’s not as efficient a dribbler as either of Leeds’ wingers.
Still, transfermarkt shows that Sarkic has made 15 appearances on the right-wing, five on the left and nine as a centre-forward this season. For him to have better cross accuracy than two out-and-out wingers and a better shot accuracy than an out-and-out striker is impressive.
Did Leeds United sell Sarkic too soon?
While the ex-Whites forward has impressed at Burton this season, he has been pulling off these performances for a team that is 12th in League One.
Would he have had as much an impact for a team that’s top of the Championship? It’s very unlikely.
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