By Craig Scott

31st Jul, 2022 | 12:13pm

Leeds United: Jesse Marsch requests signing of Julian Quinones as 'bad news' emerges for selling club

Jesse Marsch has requested that Leeds United sign Atlas centre-forward Julian Quinones, according to El Sol de Durango.

The Mexican newspaper reported via their print edition on Sunday (31 July, page 62) that “bad news” is set to arrive for Atlas “in the coming days” as Leeds and French club Strasbourg pursue the signing of the 25-year-old Colombian striker.

It is understood that while a bid has not been made for Quinones yet, it “could be a matter of time” before an interested party makes a move for the former Tigres striker.

Underwhelming

Does anyone have any idea why we’re trying to sign this guy?

He might not be a bad player for the Mexican Liga MX. But can he cut it in the Premier League?

Quinones is 25-years-of-age, has never been capped by the Colombia national team and has never played professional club football outside of Mexico.

He has been a steady goalscorer in North America, of course.

Last season, the centre-forward netted 14 goals and supplied nine assists for Atlas in 42 appearances across all competitions, which suggests that he’s not only a goalscorer but a good focal point for attackers to latch onto.

He’s also won a lot in Mexico too, including two league titles and a CONCACAF Champions League title, which was won with Tigres in 2020.

But there’s a big difference between those leagues and competitions to the Premier League.

Leeds need a new striker and while we’re happy for Victor Orta to find a young wonderkid from the Americas, we’re unsure about a striker midway through his career who’s never played outside an obscure league by European standards.

We’ve got to do better than this.

In other Leeds United news, there’s been a big update regarding Newcastle’s pursuit of Jack Harrison.