By Jonty Banks

19th Nov, 2022 | 9:10am

Leeds United have big cash to throw at new striker transfer in January

Leeds United have a bag of money ready to “throw at an attacker” in the January transfer window, according to journalist Dean Jones.

Jesse Marsch’s side are in dire need of a centre-forward in January and have subsequently been linked with a move for Atletico Madrid striker Matheus Cunha [Mundo Deportivo].

Although Rodrigo has performed admirably this season – scoring nine goals from 13 appearances – Andrea Radrizzani is still expected to delve into his pockets and sign a proven goalscorer and add strength-in-depth to a paper-thin forward line.

Bleacher Report and EuroSport journalist Dean Jones addressed this, saying: “We know that they’re going to have some reasonably decent money to throw at an attacker, but I’ve seen this one being spoken about a fair bit.

“He’s a good player (Matheus Cunha), but I think the key here is that Marsch really has to make sure that he gets the profiles of his attackers right.”

Out of form

Although Cunha enjoyed a productive maiden season at Atletico, netting seven goals and providing a further six assists, the goals have dried up this campaign as the South American has fallen badly out of form.

Having yet to find the net in 17 outings this season, Cunha’s stock has fallen and subsequently the forward was left out of Brazil’s 26-man squad.

The 23-year-old is clearly a talented player but he isn’t a classical number nine and enjoys playing across a fluid front three when at his best.

Leeds already possess a number of players of this nature including Luis Sinisterra, Crysencio Summerville and Brenden Aaronson, so a move for Cunha doesn’t quite make sense.

The Whites need a proper striker, somebody who can hold the ball up, and get in on the end of Leeds’ moves in the opposition’s six-yard box. Although Bamford can fulfil this role when fully fit, he is no longer a dependable option for Marsch due to his run of rotten luck with injuries.

In other news, Pundit tips Leeds to seal major new striker transfer in January to keep them in PL.