Phil Hay: Leeds contact just-relegated side about deal for attacker with 'undeniable ability'
There’s not long to go until the new Premier League season starts – it’s just under six weeks before Leeds United play their first game back in the top-flight for over 16 years.
It means that Leeds fans are desperate for news about new players and Athletic journalist Phil Hay claims that Marcelo Bielsa is looking to the Championship to bolster his club’s attack.
He names three players that Leeds are looking at – Brentford’s Said Benrahma, QPR’s Eberechi Eze and a player set to play in the Championship next season, Emiliano Buendia.
Leeds are said to be “confident” that they can land Benrahma for less than £20m if Brentford lose the play-off final next Tuesday.
And Phil Hay claims that Leeds have made contact with Norwich over a deal for Buendia.
Hay went on to say, “Buendia boasts undeniable ability but, on the evidence of his year in the Premier League, offers a limited goal threat (scoring once in 39 appearances in all competitions).”
Three into one
There’s a lot to digest for Leeds United fans here so we’ll try to break it down.
Leeds fans would welcome all three players and all would offer something slightly different to the Whites attack.
Buendia is a player that Leeds seemed to miss out on when he signed for Norwich for £1.5m in the summer of 2018.
He had just spent time on loan at Leeds’ sister club Cultural Leonesa and helped propel Norwich to the Championship title with eight goals and 12 assists.
He only scored once in the Premier League, although he did add seven assists.
Buendia is predominantly a right-winger but he can play as an attacking midfielder and on the left flank.
Eze is an attacking midfielder who is in the last year of his contract at QPR and should be ripe for a move.
He scored 14 goals and added eight assists in the Championship this season and would seemingly fit into the Leeds side perfectly.
Benrahma is the player we’re most excited about, though. A winger who can play on either flank, he’s looked Premier League quality for Brentford this season.
He’s scored one more goal than Patrick Bamford in the Championship this season and added nine assists.
If Leeds can get him for less than £20m we think it will be one of the bargains of the summer. At the very least, it’s another reason to support Fulham in the play-offs after Hay also revealed that Leeds are interested in signing Bees striker Ollie Watkins.
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