By Craig Scott

15th Jan, 2022 | 10:10am

Leeds United still want Lazio striker Vedat Muriqi despite fan backlash

Leeds United want to sign Kosovo striker Vedat Muriqi from Lazio despite fan protests, according to Corriere della Sera.

The Italian newspaper reports that even though “Leeds fans don’t want Muriqi and protest against the club” for eyeing a deal for the 27-year-old forward, they are still keen on a deal.

It is understood that Lazio fans boo and mock Muriqi, who’s scored just two goals in 48 appearances since joining the Serie A club last season.

Corriere della Sera adds that despite the backlash from fans, Leeds are still keen to sign Muriqi on loan with an option for the deal to be made permanent for £8.6million.

Please, no

Leeds fans are against this deal for a reason – because it makes absolutely no sense at all.

Muriqi was a good player in Turkey for teams like Fenerbahce and Giresunspor. He’s also been good for Kosovo, scoring 18 goals in his 37 international caps.

One of those goals came against England in 2019 but since leaving Fenerbahce for Lazio, it’s fair to say that Muriqi has failed to show he’s good enough to play in a major European league.

Lazio fans seem to be mocking the Kosovan because he’s just not good enough for them.

He’s netted just two goals in 48 appearances across all competitions.

In fairness, he barely ever starts but he’s not starting because he’s just not cut out for playing for a decent team in a top league.

If Leeds sign Muriqi, he’d be a back-up option and while a loan with an option to buy sounds as though it’s a risk-free deal, we’d rather see the club put their faith in a young up-and-comer, even if it means paying more money.

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