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.

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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.”

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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.

In other Leeds United news, Report – Leeds still ‘very serious’ about 25y/o target despite potential setback.

 

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