Leeds eye move for "Ronaldo-type" striker

Marcelo Bielsa

This summer could be an exhilarating time to be a Leeds United supporter.

After achieving promotion to the top-flight for the first time in 16 years, the Whites will be inundated with new players looking to join them.

This isn't a normal football club, it's one of the biggest in England, one with a rich history and a stadium in Elland Road where the atmosphere is perhaps one of the noisiest in the country.

Already we've seen players like Edinson Cavani and Zlatan Ibrahimovic mentioned in the same breath as Leeds.

If you weren't familiar with just how ridiculous the transfer window can be, then that tells you all you need to know.

United will be busy in the market and arguably, Victor Orta has never had such a demanding task.

Leeds fans will be expectant and the Director of Football will need to act quickly in order to prepare Marcelo Bielsa's team suitably. 

Marcelo Bielsa squats

Barring the aforementioned strikers, some more realistic targets have reportedly been drawn up.

A whole host of those are in the Championship where Emi Buendia, Eberechi Eze and Said Benrahma have become targets.

However, the focus, for now, is actually on one of Benrahma's Brentford teammates.

Speaking in his column for The Athletic, Phil Hay revealed that one player on their radar this summer is Ollie Watkins. 

He said:

"At the top end of Bielsa’s team, Leeds see several options in the Championship which would fit nicely. 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."

Ollie Watkins & Said Benrahma

GIVEMESPORT'S Matt Dawson says...

Any striker arriving with a better conversion rate than Patrick Bamford this summer should be applauded.

The former Chelsea graduate didn't necessarily have a bad campaign, scoring 16 times, but that is unlikely to hold up in the Premier League. Thus, someone who is far more effective in front of goal is needed.

In the English game, few are better at that than Watkins. He has bagged38 goals in the last two seasons - 26 of which have come in 2019/20.

With a play-off final versus Fulham on the cards, he isn't done yet either.

Ollie Watkins celebrates

He has been a revelation for Thomas Frank's side and in the process of hitting the back of the net on a regular basis, earned a comparison to one of the greatest to ever play the game.

Speaking in August 2019, Frank sensationally declared: "It's a big comparison so I don't want to go down that route but, in a way, I've mentioned it now. He's like a Ronaldo-type, that he can play as a nine or he can play to the side, or he can play as a 10, but because he's so versatile he has abilities you can benefit off in all positions." 

Fine praise indeed for a player who play-off win or not, looks set to play in the Premier League next season.

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