MOT View: Sky journalist verdict pours cold water on reported Leeds link to £50k-a-wk striker
Marcelo Bielsa and Victor Orta look as though they have a bit of work to do in the January transfer window at Leeds United.
According to the Daily Mail, Arsenal are set to recall Eddie Nketiah from his loan spell at Elland Road due to the lack of starts he has been handed by Leeds in the Championship.
Nketiah, 20, made his first league start for the Whites on Sunday in their 5-4 win against Birmingham but that has seemingly proven to be too little too late and the England Under-21 international now looks set to exit the Yorkshire club.
Leeds are going to need a replacement and Southampton forward Che Adams is someone who has already been linked with a January switch to Elland Road.
According to Football Insider, United have eyed up the £50,000-a-week striker as a replacement for Nketiah if Arsenal were to recall him.
And now, with the Gunners reportedly days away from terminating the youngster’s loan spell at Leeds, it seems more likely that the Championship leaders will make a move for Adams.
That is what some fans on Twitter hope anyway:
Che adams or Billy sharp to replace nketiah apparently #lufc
— Ryan Rhodes (@RyanRhodes_) December 30, 2019
— Ryan (@LeedsUtdRyan) December 30, 2019
Looks like Nketiah going back then. Got to strengthen in Jan as can’t rely on Bamford staying injury free and Roberts doesn’t get enough goals. Billy Sharp and Che Adams good shouts but who would want to come just to sit on the bench. In Bielsa we trust.
— Finlay (@finlaylufc) December 30, 2019
Adams, 23, joined Southampton from Birmingham in the summer for £15million after scoring 22 goals in 46 appearances for Blues in the 2018/19 season.
It would be one major coup if Leeds replaced someone who could not get into their starting line-up with a proven Championship goalscorer like Adams, who cost so much money in the summer and is reportedly earning big wages.
That is why Sky News journalist Chris Skudder believes too.
“Che Adams loan to Leeds? Lucky Leeds. Not played to his strengths at Southampton, much better than that. Better than Bamford,” said Skudder via his personal Twitter account on Monday.
Che Adams loan to Leeds? Lucky #LUFC Not played to his strengths at Southampton, much better than that. Better than Bamford.
— Chris Skudder (@chris_skudder) December 30, 2019
Skudder makes a very good point – Leeds would be extremely lucky to sign Adams as a replacement for Nketiah.
The Whites are bound to find it difficult to convince someone to join them to replace Nketah because, as proven by the loaned-out Arsenal striker, you’re not going to get many starts.
Adams is someone who could – or should – walk straight into Leeds’ starting line-up based on his form at St Andrew’s last season.
It would be ridiculously difficult to agree a deal with the Southampton striker and Leeds fans should not get their hopes up.
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