By David Woods

11th Jun, 2020 | 2:00pm

'Real deal' – Exclusive: Leeds tipped to land 'big' striker compared to Lewandowski

We’re delighted to welcome former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson as our exclusive columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Leeds United…

Paul Robinson thinks that Argentinian striker Adolfo Gaich is “the real deal” after links with Leeds United emerged. 

And he thinks that Leeds could edge out top European clubs to his signature because of Marcelo Bielsa.

Journalist Nicolo Schira claimed that Leeds, Sevilla, West Brom and Roma are all interested and the player has a release clause of £12m.

Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said, “Gaich looks like a top player. Top teams in Europe have been looking at him.

“He’s a big centre forward and his goals-to-games ratio at the moment doesn’t look great.

“He’s only played 23 games in two seasons and he’s got seven goals but he’s got his first Argentinian cap and he looks like the real deal. People have been comparing him to Lewandowski.

“If Augustin lives up to expectations, and you’ve got Patrick Bamford and Gaich as an addition, I think that Leeds could have the edge on teams with Bielsa at the helm.

“He’s the same nationality and it would be a big attraction for a young player like him to come to Elland Road and work under Bielsa.

“Gaich isn’t an unknown quantity. Roma are reportedly looking at him. A lot of top clubs in Europe are looking at him. I think Leeds would be ahead of some of the bigger clubs in Europe purely because of the Bielsa factor.”

Leeds definitely need another couple of strikers on top of Patrick Bamford if they get promoted and a deal for Gaich might be even more important after Augustin suffered another injury.

That setback could rule him out of the remaining games in the Championship, although he is still being assessed by medical staff.

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