You don’t have to be a footballing genius to realise that Leeds United need more cover up front.
The Whites went into their Championship restart match against Cardiff City last weekend with no strikers on their bench, and when Patrick Bamford is misfiring, their lack of depth is especially obvious.
With that in mind, it’s perhaps no surprise to learn that they are said to be in pursuit of 20-year-old NEC Nijmegen striker Ole Romeny, according to Voetbal International.
The youngster has hit nine goals in 30 outings for the Dutch side this season, and is also said to be drawing attention from the likes of Manchester City and Juventus.
Going toe-to-toe with those kind of clubs is never going to be an easy task, and so the player at the centre of the tussle has to be a special one.
The question is, therefore, is Romeny really that good?
Well, for a 20-year-old he certainly shows a lot of promise.
His goals per game rate is 0.04 better than Patrick Bamford’s this season, despite him having an xG that is 0.39 worse, as per Wyscout.
His shot accuracy is also 11.6% higher, and his dribble success rate is 6% higher.
Most importantly, he’s a brilliant natural finisher.
In the picture above, Romeny is the player entering box closest to the D.
His movement is good, and he looks as if he instinctively wants to stay out of sight of his defender.
It sounds simple, but that makes a huge difference, allowing him to go unnoticed until it’s too late for the opposition to stop him.
When the ball is eventually played across, his first touch is good considering that the pass is actually a little behind him.
Romeny cushions it with his right, but also leaves enough on it to allow the ball to roll across his body.
As for his body shape, he creates a natural barrier between the ball and his nearest man.
That leaves the defender with too much to do to get near him, and Romeny spins and strikes the ball with such efficiency that he looks more like a wily old fox in the box than a youngster still learning his trade.
The finish is hard, low, and right in the corner – and cleverly plays on the fact that the goalkeeper is shifting his direction across the net in the opposite direction.
This really is a wonderful finish, and hints at a player with huge amounts of potential.
If Leeds can fend off interest from the European elite who are reportedly keen, and if the price is right, we think this one would be an absolute no-brainer.
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