Jesse Marsch wants to bring Brazilian forward Pedro to Leeds United
Jesse Marsch is a big fan of Flamengo forward Pedro who Leeds United have scouted for years, according to CBS journalist Ben Jacobs.
The 25-year-old is currently in Qatar with the Brazil national team and Leeds United will be hoping that the forward doesn’t inflate his price tag at the tournament.
Jacobs confessed that Marsch is a “big fan” of the Brazilian and claimed that the Whites have had their eye on him before the American even came to the club.
“Jesse Marsch is a big fan and we know that Leeds need a few more goals and assists because of their reliance on Patrick Bamford, so that’s one to watch,” said Jacobs as quoted by GIVEMESPORT.
“But, of course, Leeds are in a difficult position because the more he features at the World Cup or the better he does, the more he may potentially put himself in the shop window to other suitors as well.
“But Leeds have done a fair amount of due diligence and scouting on the player, even predating Jesse Marsch, so he’s one to watch as far as Leeds and the World Cup are concerned.”
Whether it’s Pedro or another forward brought into the ranks at Elland Road, reinforcements are desperately needed up top.
The Brazilian could actually be the alternative to rumoured Leeds United target Coady Gakpo who looks set to move to a Premier League juggernaut.
Leeds hasn’t been too short of goals this season, but the club can’t rely on their current options to guide them through a tough Premier League campaign.
Patrick Bamford looks completely short of fitness and confidence and it’s unfair on the Englishman to place the goal-scoring pressures of the team completely on his shoulders.
Rodrigo is having a good season, but is unfortunately on the wrong side of 30, meaning he won’t be hitting these levels consistently.
This makes a move for Pedro quite likely, especially if Jacobs’ comments about Marsch being a “big fan” are proven to be true.
And with 82 career goals to his name, he would bring a poaching prowess with him to Elland Road that is sorely missed.