MOT View: Reported Leeds target told he would 'thrive' in England by PL ace, we completely agree
The prospect of Leeds United signing a new striker this summer feels like a fairly realistic one.
If the Whites are to be promoted, you would expect them to look for a forward who can provide a more consistent goalscoring threat than Patrick Bamford, whose goals per game this season has averaged out at 0.35, despite his xG being a much more substantial 0.65, as per Wyscout.
And one player who has already been touted as a potential target is Galatasaray hitman Mbaye Diagne, as per Turkish outlet Haberturk.
The 28-year-old has spent the best part of this season on loan with Club Brugge, where he hit four goals in six league appearances at a rate of one every 44 minutes.
And by the sound of it, he has already considered the possibility of a move to England.
Opening up on conversations he has had with Aston Villa winger Trezeguet during an interview with The Guardian, he said: “We talk regularly and he keeps saying I would thrive in England.
“I’m big and strong, I can hold up the ball and lay it off, I’m good in the air and I’m a finisher.
“All I know is that, whether at Galatasaray or somewhere else, I am eager to get back playing and scoring again.”
Aside from anything else, the forward clearly isn’t short on confidence, and to be fair to him, he has every right to be a little bit full of himself.
Over the course of his career he has averaged 9.59 aerial duels per game, as per Wyscout, a much higher total than Bamford’s average of 3.47 this season.
His aerial duel success rate is also 11% higher than the 26-year-old’s, showing that he not only puts himself about, he does so effectively.
Factor in a shot accuracy rate that is 10.4% higher than Bamford’s and it’s easy to see why the Whites have reportedly taken a fancy to him.
The fact that he is already has some kind of interest in the English game could be a real bonus, and if the Whites can snap him up, it could be a very positive piece of business.
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