MOT View: The reason Che Adams to Leeds is not such an improbable move
So it looks like Eddie Nektiah is on his way after a frustrating half a season at Leeds United.
The 20-year-old has obvious talent and it’s likely he’ll be a regular starter at a side like Bristol City, but that was never going to be the case at Leeds.
Nketiah might be more of a natural goal-scorer than Patrick Bamford, but the Bielsa system works better with Bamford.
Nketiah always threatened when he came on for Leeds but there’s no doubting the side looked more unbalanced with him in it. Dare we say it, he won’t be a big loss.
Leeds want Che Adams as his replacement. That’s the word from Leeds transfer guru Phil Hay in the Athletic on Tuesday.
On the face of it, that seems improbable.
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Adams started the last two games for Southampton in the Premier League. Why would he swap that for a bench in the Championship?
Well, for starters, the Adams experiment hasn’t worked at Southampton.
They paid £15m for him on the back of his 22 goals in 46 games for Birmingham in the Championship and he hasn’t scored for them once in 17 games.
He’s also way down the pecking order at Southampton.
Danny Ings and Shane Long are the established strikers, with winger Moussa Djenepo occasionally utilised as a secondary striker.
Adams has only started because of injury to Long and, according to Phil Hay, Southampton are looking to add to their attacking options in January.
They could find themselves in a relegation battle this season and Adams isn’t the man who’s going to fire them to safety if they need goals.
A loan move would get his wages off the books and free up Southampton to bring someone else in.
For Adams, the chance to establish himself in a side like Leeds, themselves on the brink of the Premier League, could be just what his career needs.
He won’t be coming to play second fiddle to Bamford and will be confident that he can oust Bielsa’s preferred striker from the starting XI.
He’d have a good chance too. Adams was arguably the best striker in the Championship last season at an average Birmingham side.
Under Bielsa, Adams might think he’s got a better chance of becoming a regular starter in the Premier League next season.
It might be a long shot but Leeds obviously think they have a chance of landing him and we would love to see him at Elland Road.
He’s a strong player who has an eye for finishing – exactly what Bielsa needs to seal promotion.
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