MOT View: Leeds shouldn't lose any sleep after reportedly missing out on 25y/o
It’s not too much of a surprise to see Leeds United linked with a host of players this summer.
With a potential return to the top flight on the cards, the general expectation will be for some money to be spent in an effort to bolster the Whites’ survival hopes next term.
But one player they look to have missed out on is Canada international Cyle Larin.
According to Asist Analiz journalist Safak Malatya, Leeds had agreed a fee with Zulte Waregem – where he spent the season on loan from Besiktas – to sign him from the Belgian once they officially made him their player this summer by exercising an option to buy clause.
However, Calcio Mercato now suggest that deal has fallen through, and the player will now join CSKA Moscow instead.
But should Leeds be too worried about missing out on Larin?
We’re inclined to say no.
Even compared to Patrick Bamford, who has had a very patchy season, Larin has look pretty average.
The 25-year-old has averaged 1.12 shots per game fewer than the Elland Road hitman, as well as having an xG of just 0.36 to Bamford’s 0.65, as per Wyscout.
If nothing else, it suggests that he doesn’t have the same instinct for goal that the Englishman does – and that’s saying something.
Larin hasn’t had more than one shot on target in a match since mid-December.
And he has put in some pretty bad misses in that spell too.
In the image above for example, Larin has done a good enough job of getting in front of his man and on to the end of a well-weighted cross.
But when it comes to his contact with the ball he seems to lose all sense of bearing.
Rather than just clipping a glanced shot across the goal, the forward makes a full connection and ultimately ends up flashing his shot a solid yard or two wide of the post, as pictured below.
It’s a recurring theme too.
Look at the position Larin has got himself into in the image below.
Between two defenders, central to the goal, and waiting for a pass that is devilishly delivered.
When it reaches him, however, he is needlessly over stretching, and ends up making contact with his ankle rather than his boot.
His body shape is dreadful, and again, it’s almost as if he has lost sight of where the goal is.
That’s a big concern for a centre-forward who is eight yards out.
In the end, as pictured below, the shot is well wide, and Larin ends up flat on his face.
Bearing that in mind, and the fact that he only managed nine goals in 33 outings this season, we don’t think Leeds should be losing too much sleep about missing out on him.
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