By Callum O'Connell

26th Oct, 2023 | 9:40pm

Joel Piroe reveals conversation with Farke that convinced him to join Leeds United

Joel Piroe has revealed that a conversation with Daniel Farke convinced him to make the move from Swansea to Leeds United in the summer transfer window.

The forward has had a strong start to his career at Elland Road with five goals in his first ten Championship matches, but he has shared it was a difficult call to make with all the noise around the move.

Piroe praised the strength of the squad and the ambitions of Farke and the club as a whole and has shared that he knew it was a perfect opportunity for him.

Speaking to Sky Sports, as shared by Wales Online on 26 October, Piroe revealed: “Of course, you go in every day and work your socks off and focus on what you have to do, but it was quite difficult.

“Even if you try to block out all the noise, you are having conversations, and you always hear or see things. It was a lot to think about, but because it’s my career I had to make a choice.

“I had a chat with the manager and he made clear what the ambitions of the club are and what they want to achieve. I wanted to do the same things as the club, so it made sense for me to make the move.

“I saw the squad and the potential there, and I knew it was somewhere I wanted to be. There are so many good individual players here, and it is really enjoyable trying to make it all work together. It is something we can still improve upon, and we are doing that all the time.”

The right move to make

Piroe has been a key feature in Farke’s side, appearing in ten of their 13 games so far this season, and the move becomes an even better-looking one when you contrast Leeds and Swansea.

Leeds currently sit third in the league despite a frustrating result as they lost to Stoke last time out, while the Welsh outfit are down the other end of the table in 19th place, struggling to find their form after a turbulent summer with plenty of player and staff changes.

Piroe will be a key part of Farke’s promotion push this season, with his goalscoring ability lending itself perfectly to the creative players in the side, linking up with the likes of Georginio Rutter and Crysencio Summerville to devastating effect so far.

The aim at Elland Road this season will be to find promotion, and Piroe could prove the difference after he was convinced to make the switch in the summer.

In other Leeds United news, a pundit has defended one controversial Farke call.