Leeds United want to sign four or five new players this summer and The Atheltic journalist Phil Hay has put some meat on the bones for Whites fans.
He has claimed that Leeds want more support in attack, along with a centre-back, a left-sided defender and a goalkeeper if Kiko Casilla leaves.
Hay made an exciting claim about the striker that Leeds want to sign sign, citing Brentford’s Ollie Watkins, who scored 25 goals in the Championship this season, 26 in all competitions.
“At the top end of Bielsa’s team, Leeds see several options in the Championship which would fit nicely,” said Hay.
“They rate Brentford’s Ollie Watkins — the division’s second-highest scorer this term with 25 regular-season goals, behind Fulham’s Aleksandar Mitrovic — and see qualities in him which would suit Bielsa’s tactics: strong link-up play, slick finishing and a clear contribution to a high expected goals figure.
“He contributes in similar ways to Bamford, but with a considerably better conversion rate.”
Watkins? Yes, please
Now, this would be a very exciting signing.
There is one slight problem. Brentford are in the play-off final, where they’ll play Fulham at Wembley on Tuesday.
If Brentford win and come up with Leeds then you imagine it will be very hard/next to impossible to push the signing through.
However, if Brentford lose and Leeds come in with an offer to take Watkins to the Premier League? That would surely be hugely tempting for Watkins, especially with his profile fitting the Bielsa mould so well.
Watkins hasn’t played higher than the Championship yet but Leeds fans will have seen plenty of the striker this season and we’re convinced he could take the step up.
It means that Leeds fans will now have a huge interest in the play-off final on Tuesday. And where we might previously have been supporting Brentford and Pontus Jansson, we will now be all Fulham.
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