By Daniel Feliciano

14th Aug, 2022 | 6:10pm

Leeds United target Brandon Vazquez might not be ready for Premier League move - journalist

Leeds United want to sign MLS attacker Brandon Vazquez but journalist Chris Smith is unsure if he is ready for a move to the Premier League.

The Whites have been linked with a new striker all summer and after Patrick Bamford picked up a niggle in the 2-2 draw with Southampton on Saturday, those efforts are expected to be increased now.

But while Ben Jacobs reported that Vazquez was someone on the Leeds shortlist for the position, 90min journalist Smith took to his personal Twitter account to admit he wasn’t sure if the time was right for a transfer to the Premier League.

“I remain on the fence as to whether or not he’s ready for the Premier League, but he’s shown incredible movement, finishing & touch over the last year. Incredible improvement.”

That was said alongside a tweet that showed an xG ranking for non-penalty goals in the MLS season, which Vazquez tops with 12.54.

Talent

The 23-year-old is clearly a talented young striker and someone Jesse Marsch will know well because of the United States Men’s National Team, although he isn’t yet capped for the senior side.

He stands at 6ft 3 and is a great finisher with both feet, but also is mobile enough to run the channels and hold the ball up well.

That would suit the way Marsch wants his Leeds side to play, but without any sort of top level experience it’s hard to say if he would be successful in transitioning to the Premier League any time soon.

It may be worth doing a deal and loaning him out for some experience, but that doesn’t solve the club’s current striker issues and if people who watch him regularly aren’t sure then Leeds can’t be either.

It would be nice to do a deal for a talented player, but ultimately someone needs to come in and be able to help the first-team immediately and it doesn’t seem like Vazquez is that man right now.

In other Leeds news, this Leeds star will be lucky to see any minutes this season after Marsch’s admission