MOT Tactics: Leeds must avoid rekindling reported deal for 23y/o flop this summer
By now, it’s fairly common knowledge that Che Adams came close to joining Leeds United in January.
The Whites reportedly agreed a deal for the Southampton man, but were unable to get a deal over the line in the winter.
The possibility of a transfer being revisited seems fairly high too, however, with Football Insider suggesting that Leeds are still interested, and that Adams’ asking price has tumbled in the months since then.
But the big question is whether or not Adams is worth pursuing this summer?
We’re not so sure he is.
The 23-year-old has failed to find the back of the net in 27 outings for the Saints this term, and his record in the Premier League is abysmal.
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So far this season he has a shot accuracy rate of just 11.1%, as per Wyscout.
As a point of reference Patrick Bamford’s is 37.4%, and he still comes in for a fair amount of criticism.
As a visualisation, this is every shot that Adams has had in the Premier League this term.
He has had just two on target.
No matter which way you look at it, that is not good enough – especially for a striker in the top flight.
Again, as a point of reference, this is Bamford’s shot map this season.
Sure, there are a lot of missed opportunities – too many you could argue – but compared to Adams, he looks like Pele.
And that’s the crux of the matter here.
If Leeds are to stay up next season, they need strikers who can score goals.
As Adams’ xG graph from this season shows, there are plenty of matches where he doesn’t even get a sniff of troubling the goalkeeper.
That’s not good enough, and we must expect better if and when we do dive into the transfer market.
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