Who could Leeds buy to improve on Patrick Bamford?

Bamford

The transfer rumours at Leeds United will be rife this summer

For the first time in 16 years, Premier League football will be played at Elland Road. It's been a lengthy wait, but finally, they've got over the final hurdle.

Marcelo Bielsa has done a special job with this team, taking them from a team languishing in mid-table, to the very best in the division.

Bielsa's methods have been meticulous, so much so that he got his staff to analyse every single goal scored from a corner in Europe's top-five leagues this season while the season had a break.

It was a remarkable insight into the methods he's installed in the club. Based on that level of analysis, it's hardly a surprise that they were comfortably named champions.

Though, they will have to improve ahead of next term.

Norwich learned the hard way this season, failing to improve their squad and finishing rock bottom. Though, the right balance has to be struck.

Obviously, spending money like Aston Villa did last summer isn't particularly great, and Sheffield United showed you don't need to break the bank.

Marcelo Bielsa

Chris Wilder's men identified very specific targets like Sander Berge but it was the methods and the organisation of the manager that lifted them to a top-half finish.

They didn't have a striker capable of scoring a bucket load of goals but they had plenty of options in attack.

That's something that can't be said for Leeds. Patrick Bamford played 45 Championship matches this term with Eddie Nketiah starting twice and Jean-Kevin Augustin achieving just 49 minutes of action. 

Bamford's hold-up play and work-ethic was to be admired but at the end of the day he scored only 16 times - that isn't a record that'll get better in the Premier League. Thus, extra firepower is needed.

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Here are seven players Leeds should and could target to build their firepower during pre-season. 

Jonathan David: The Gent forward has been linked with a shock move to Leeds after a breathtaking campaign in Belgium.

David has been interesting the likes of Arsenal and after netting 23 times and providing ten assists for his teammates, it's no surprise why. The Canada international certainly knows how to beat the 'keeper, notching 11 strikes in 12 international caps too. 

The likes of Wesley and Mbwana Samatta failed to set the world alight after moving from Belgium to the Premier League but David is a different talent altogether. At the age of 20, he has the world at his feet.

David

Che Adams: A name Leeds fans are probably extremely tired of, Adams might well be someone that catches Victor Orta and Bielsa's eyes in the summer.

The Whites were relentlessly linked with the former Birmingham striker in January but ultimately, Southampton ended up keeping him and they reaped the rewards after football restarted. He failed to score until June but has found the back of the net in four of his last six outings.

Based on that, he may no longer be available, but he could be worth a punt after impressing over the last month.

Adams

Teemu Pukki: The Finnish striker was spectacular at the beginning of the season, winning the August Player of the Month award, and after tasting relegation with Norwich, he could look for a way out of the exit door.

After all, he's proven capable at a level above the Championship and Leeds have been urged to land him in the past. That being said, Pukki hasn't found the net since January. At the age of 30, too, there are probably far better options.

Pukki

Kemar Roofe: Sold by Orta only last summer, Roofe could become a genuine option for Leeds in the transfer window if the chance to re-sign him presents itself. Rangers have been touted with a loan move for the Englishman and he's already proven himself better than Bamford in Leeds colours - scoring nine in 16 starts last term.

A reunion seems farfetched but he appears to be available and is fresh off finding the back of the net six times in just 13 outings for Anderlecht.

Roofe

Josh King: The Bournemouth forward was tipped to sign for Leeds only last month and with the Cherries heading down to the Championship, King could look for a way out.

Catching the eyes of Manchester United in the last transfer window, his stock has clearly fallen but he is a player with Premier League experience - something Bielsa will need. He played 11 times as a centre forward in 2019/20, while he found the net on 12 occasions last season.

King

Edinson Cavani: This would be a genuinely remarkable sign of intent from Leeds. Cavani is now a free agent after leaving PSG behind and Andrea Radrizzani has recently refused to rule out a switch for the great Uruguayan. 

The Whites' owner said: "In addition to his quality, Cavani could contribute with his physicality and adapt here, but I’ve never talked about him with the coach.

"Having said that, we’ve certainly thought about him and we’ll see, given he’s still available on a free transfer."

Cavani is PSG's all-time top goalscorer and would be an undoubted upgrade on Bamford.

Cavani

Callum Wilson: Following the Cherries' relegation, Wilson has been linked with an exit for as little as £10m. It's reported that Tottenham are interested in his services but if the England international is indeed available, Leeds should be all over the striker.

Wilson has scored 41 times in 126 Premier League outings while becoming capped for his country in the process.

Wilson

He should be a no brainer for clubs in the bottom half of the top-flight this summer.

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